The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and 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. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
o read easily, fluently and with good understanding
o develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
o acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for
reading, writing and spoken language
o appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
o write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
o use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
o are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
(National Curriculum, 2014)
At Allesley English threads throughout the school curriculum and consists of:
We pride ourselves on being a 'reading school' and encourage children to read a wide variety of books. We use a structured, synthetic phonics approach to teaching our children to read.
Children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One read from the Oxford Reading Tree scheme which includes fiction, non-fiction and phonics books, as well as our banded book scheme. We supplement the scheme with additional Oxford Reading Tree stories.
Key Stage Two pupils read from a variety of books aimed to attract the reader and encourage reading for pleasure.
English Curriculum By Year Group
Children in each year group are working towards a set of targets (taken from the national curriculum) which can be found in their books. We call these Target Trees. Our English curriculum includes targets for reading and writing, copies of which can viewed here by clicking on the relevant year group.