ENGLISH CURRICULUM STATEMENT 2023-24
As a school it is our main aim that all children reach their full potential in all areas of the curriculum. Our key priority is for all children to be confident readers, engaging writers and articulate speakers. These skills will enable them to access all areas of the curriculum.
At Hutchinson Memorial School, we aim to develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We aim to motivate and inspire pupils through a high standard of language and literacy skills. We strive to ensure that children read fluently, confidently and with good understanding. Our curriculum is carefully planned through a variety of carefully chosen texts that help children to develop culturally, socially and emotionally.
At Hutchinson Memorial School we support the aim for English outlined within the National Curriculum; ‘to promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.’
Spoken language is evident through all areas of the school curriculum. Children are given opportunities to ask questions, share ideas and use language in their daily learning. The introduction of new vocabulary is included in all areas of curriculum learning.
We aim for all children to read fluently and show an understanding of what they have read. Reading takes place daily in many ways including; whole class reading; guided reading sessions; sharing class texts and end of day stories. Children are given opportunities to read for pleasure using age appropriate texts in a range of genres. Children participate in sponsored reading events to promote a love of reading at home too. Reading skills are developed from an early age so children understand what they are reading and why. We use the VIPERS as the key domains when children develop their comprehension skills. VIPERS stands for Vocabulary, Infer, Predict, Explain, Retrieve and Sequence (KS1) or Summarise (KS2).
High quality phonics’ teaching is delivered daily within EYFS and Key Stage 1 using the Twinkl Phonics scheme as a teaching tool. We begin early phonics, Phase 1 with our Nursery children. Children are given the opportunity to use these in free writing, literacy lessons and across the broader curriculum.
All children are taught the skills to become confident writers enabling them to write for a purpose. Teachers support them to produce their own pieces of writing using a variety of styles based on the chosen text for the term. Through implementing the National Curriculum, pupils are taught how to use grammar, punctuation and spelling correctly in their work. The teaching and learning of grammar and punctuation is embedded within a carefully planned teaching sequence.
Children in Reception use Drawing Club as a vehicle to develop the children’s writing over the year. Drawing Club incorporates story sharing, speaking and listening, drawing, writing, vocabulary, mathematics, imagination and collaboration.
Children are taught to form letters correctly from Nursery using the letter formation outlined in the Twinkl Phonics. Correct letter formation is modelled by all staff and handwriting sessions are included within the timetable. Children have a sense of pride in their work and examples of this are displayed around school.
Children leave our school as happy, confident learners who have developed a love of reading and writing with the key skills and knowledge necessary for the next stage of their learning.
Our curriculum fosters a lifelong love of reading. Children acquire the essential reading skills, fluency, knowledge and vocabulary upon which future academic success is built. We instil a strong foundation that sets them on a path to achieving their aspirations.
As writers, children can confidently use features of different genres and are able to write for a variety of purposes and audiences. Children are able to articulate their ideas with clarity and develop creatively as young writers.
Our curriculum enables children to develop as confident and skilful speakers and active and respectful listeners. Children confidently participate in whole class discussions and our older children often take the lead in whole school assemblies, presentations, performances and Church Services.
The success of our English curriculum is reflected in consistently high standards; attainment at the end of EYFS and KS1 is above the National Average. Children achieve highly in the Phonics Screening Check. By the time children leave in Year 4, the overwhelming majority achieve age related expectations and a significant proportion achieve higher.