English Intent and Implementation
Article 28 - Every child has the right to an education.
Article 29 - Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full.
At Beaumont Primary Academy, we believe that a quality Literacy (English) curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We aim to inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage and a habit of reading widely and often. We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. We want to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening so that they are able to convey their ideas fluently and confidently ask questions. Our use of language structures and vocabulary development across school supports this.
Throughout school and across all subject areas, we develop writing skills so that our pupils have the stamina and ability to write at the age expected standard. To support children in moving towards independent writing we provide a wide range of activities including use of film and imagery, modelled, shared and guided writing, peer editing and discussion. We encourage pupils to express and exchange ideas and develop more sophisticated vocabulary orally, so they are ready to write. The writing process gives children time to talk, draft, edit, improve and publish their work; we encourage pupils to see themselves as authors.
We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in Literacy, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. A secure basis in literacy skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society. We do not put ceilings on what pupils can achieve in writing and we do not hold pre-conceptions about any pupils’ ability to make progress. We understand the importance of parents and carers in supporting their children to develop both grammar, spelling and composition skills, and so we want to encourage a home-school partnership which enables parents and carers to understand how to enhance the skills being taught in school.
These aims are embedded across our literacy lessons and the wider curriculum. We are building a rigorous and well organised English curriculum that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion. We believe that reading and writing are the fundamentals of all learning so we ensure that cross curricular links with topic work are woven into every aspect of our programme of study, which closely follows the aims of the National Curriculum for English 2014. We use a wide variety of quality texts and resources to motivate and inspire our children.
The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
? read easily, fluently and with good understanding
? develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
? acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
? appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
? write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
? use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
? are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
As a result, we have a community of enthusiastic readers and writers who enjoy showcasing their developing literacy knowledge and skills. They are confident to take risks in their reading and writing, and love to discuss and share their ideas.
As a result of the phonics review completed by the DfE: Choosing a phonics teaching programme - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). We as a school, after evaluating the validated schemes, will be moving to Little Wondle phonics scheme- academic year 2021-2022. This will bring a whole school approach to how we teach phonics, establishing a clear pathway for all pupils.
In the interim, we will continue to good work we have made using the phonically decodable books.
More information and a parent session on the new phonics programme will be scheduled in for the Spring 2 half term.
In addition, to the Little Wondle phonics programme we use the following to support our teaching of writing and reading:
Oxford Owl- https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
https://www.edshed.com/en-gb/login (Games will be uploaded by your child’s teacher on a weekly basis. If you need a copy of your username and password please ask your class teacher).
Below we have links to the documents for our reading policy; handwriting policy; phonics approach and whole school overview.