Our English curriculum is enquiry based, fully inclusive and meets the needs of all learners, starting from building strong foundations in our EYFS, supporting and challenging them on their journey to being secondary ready, and ultimately ensuring that they are equipped with the cultural capital, skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the future.
Meet our Subject Leader
Our aim is to ensure that all pupils:
- Read easily, fluently and with a 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 literacy 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
At Cleeve we value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. Our aim is every child will be able to read fluently and with understanding before they leave our school. It is our intention to immerse pupils in the wonders of quality texts and to instil a love for reading, a passion for discovery and a confidence to explore their imagination through enjoying range of texts.
At Cleeve we use a synthetic phonics programme called ‘Read Write Inc’ produced by Ruth Miskin. Read Write Inc is a method of learning letter sounds and blending them together to read and write words. As part of this, children have daily phonics sessions in small groups where they participate in speaking, listening and spelling activities that are matched to their developing needs. The teachers draw upon observations and continuous assessment to ensure children are stretched and challenged and to identify children who may need additional support. Children work through the different phases, learning and developing their phonics sounds and knowledge.
At Cleeve writing is an integral part of our curriculum. All children from Foundation Stage to Year 6 are provided with many opportunities to develop and apply their writing skills across the curriculum. It is our intention that pupils develop a clear understanding of the writing process in order to establish themselves as a writer. Through our creative curriculum, we foster pupils' interest in writing and offer a reason or context for writing which enables the children to write for purpose and audience.
Pupils are taken on a writing journey; lessons are sequenced to support the development of all the skills required to complete a piece of writing. We ensure all children explore a variety of genres, planning, drafting and re-drafting their writing.
It is our intention to broaden our pupils' exposure to high level vocabulary to allow pupils to apply their understanding of vocabulary and grammatical features within and across the English curriculum.
Subject Specific Information
Guided reading takes place regularly.
Novel studies are encouraged throughout KS2.
Basic skills lessons allow for the teaching and coverage of the GPS curriculum.
Short term planning will be supported by the National Curriculum objectives.
Planning will show where differentiation and support are offered.
Children will be taught in either mixed ability classes or ability sets depending on the needs of the cohort.
Some groups, at times, may be taught by ASAs who will be supported and monitored by a teacher.
Where children are having problems in achieving the expected outcomes an appropriate intervention program will be put into place.
Children will be offered practical activities on a regular basis in KS1 and as often as possible in KS2 to suit the ability of the children.
Cooperative learning will be regularly used to encourage the children to work together and share their ideas.
Children will be assessed using the FLIC online assessment system throughout the year and these assessments will be used to support planning and to monitor the progress of all children.
Children are regularly encouraged to look at their targets so they have a clear understanding of the next steps they need to take in order to progress. This will be discussed on a regular basis between pupil and teacher.
Reciprocal teaching strategies will be promoted throughout the school to contribute towards children’s comprehension skills.
The children will be given the opportunity to complete cross curricular work at every available opportunity.
The children will be given the opportunity to write for purpose at every available opportunity.
Content domains will support the teaching and coverage of reading.