English Curriculum Intent Statement
At St Swithun Wells, our aim is to ensure that all our pupils receive a high-quality English Curriculum that gives pupils the best possible opportunities to become confident, literate successful members of society with deep love and understanding of English and literature.
English Curriculum Implementation Statement
At St Swithun Wells, we ensure that there are the same expectations for the quality of teaching across all areas of the English Curriculum. The teaching of Reading is taught through discrete lessons as well as additional guided reading and whole class text teaching experiences. Pupils are read to and with every week and teachers ensure that there is a love and excitement for Reading in all classes across the school which is also encouraged through the expectation of reading widely (in school library and beyond).
The teaching of Early Reading includes the use of Letters and Sounds which is embedded across EYFS and KS1 with KS2 teachers accessing the phonics curriculum to further support pupils where this is needed. As a result, our pupils are confident in the use of phonics to support their reading development.
English lessons develop pupils’ spoken language and use of language with the encouragement of speaking with confidence and being inquisitive through questioning. The teaching of writing includes spelling, grammar and punctuation and the development of writing skills. Pupils are expected to write with confidence, skill and flair in order to foster the enjoyment of writing and recognise its value. Pupils are also encouraged to be able to independently self improve their writing through a planning, drafting and editing process.
At St Swithun Wells Catholic Primary School we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our English lessons, to deliver the National curriculum. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills, and understanding. We do this through daily lessons in which children experience a selection from: whole-class reading or writing activities, class focused word or sentence activities, guided group or independent activities, and whole-class sessions to review progress and learning. Whilst there is a high proportion of whole-class and group teaching, the independent activities often give an opportunity to talk and collaborate, and so embed and enhance their learning. They have the opportunity to experience a wide range of texts, and to support their work with a variety of resources, including dictionaries, thesauruses and phonic resources. Children use ICT in English lessons where it enhances their learning, as in drafting their work and in using multimedia to study how words and images are combined to convey meaning. Wherever possible we encourage children to use and apply their learning in other areas of the curriculum. In all classes children have a wide range of abilities, and we seek to provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child.