English at Scotts Park
Reading and Writing at Scotts Park Primary School Intent, Implementation, and Impact
We aim for all children to be passionate about reading and writing and make good progress.
- We provide all children with the foundations to become effective communicators and confident readers and writers.
- We provide immersion into a world of high-quality texts, to help instill a lifelong love of reading, the ability to access the wider curriculum and give them the confidence to explore their imagination and creativity.
- We raise awareness of the world, widen their horizons and develop their cultural capital.
- We provide a vocabulary filled school, with classrooms being language rich.
- The environments to support children’s language knowledge, enrich their lives and prepare them for the next stage in their education. · Provide a broad and balanced curriculum that intertwines reading (fluency and comprehension) and writing (grammar, punctuation and spelling included). · Provide a challenging curriculum to build resilience in all learners.
If you want to be a writer, you must do
two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot
At Scotts Park Primary we want all of our pupils to be capable readers, writers, spellers and speakers, who can transfer their English skills to other curriculum subjects and who are prepared for the next steps in their education.
- Our English lessons develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary.
- English is often taught in a cross-curricular way, linking up with other areas of the curriculum. ·
- We teach our pupils to speak clearly, to convey their ideas fluently and confidently and to ask questions.
- We know the value of excellent vocabulary, and this is developed and practiced across our curriculum constantly.
- Our pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure and to read widely through our reading scheme and school library.
- We use Letters and Sounds for our phonics programme. Phonic awareness helps the development of reading by segmenting and blending sounds and the children will be heard reading regularly, both individually and in groups.
- Our guided reading sessions cover a wide variety of both fiction and non-fiction books and help to advance the children’s comprehension skills. Parents are given reading guidance and clear expectations about reading at home.
- We develop writing skills so that our children 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 the use of film and imagery, music, ICT, modelled, shared and guided writing, peer assessment and discussion.
- We provide varied and exciting opportunities for writing for purpose, and we encourage pupils to see themselves as authors and poets. We promote the importance of written work by providing a writing purpose and opportunities for children’s writing to be read aloud and listened to by an audience.
- Handwriting sessions are regularly incorporated into the English lessons.
The organisation of the English curriculum has realized a community of enthusiastic readers and writers who enjoy showcasing their developing literacy knowledge and skills.
- Children are confident to take risks in their reading and writing, and love to discuss and share their ideas.
- Outcomes of learning in both literacy and topic books evidence the high quality of work and the impact of varied and cross curricular writing opportunities. These enable children to write across a range of forms and adapt their writing successfully, considering the purpose