At Micklem Primary School we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We aim to inspire an appreciation of our rich literary heritage and a habit of reading widely and often. We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. We want to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and to be able to use discussion to communicate and further their learning. We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. We believe that firm foundations in literacy skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.
These aims are embedded across our English lessons and the wider curriculum. We have a rigorous and well organised English curriculum that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion. Teachers use the Herts For Learning English as appropriate to their classes, but also ensure that cross curricular links with concurrent topic work are woven into the programme of study. Our curriculum closely follows the aims of the National Curriculum for English 2014.
The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
● read easily, fluently and with 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 literary heritage
● write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
● use discussion to learn; they should be able to elaborate and clearly explain their understanding and ideas
● are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
In addition to daily English lessons, children develop early reading skills through the use of the Letters and Sounds programme from Reception – Year 2. Reading skills continue to be developed through reading of phonically appropriate books, which ensure that children’s skills grow to match the demands of more complex texts.
We use a wide variety of quality texts and resources to motivate and inspire our children. We also provide a wealth of enrichment opportunities, from celebrating World Book Day within our school community each year to inviting authors to visit and share their love of stories and their professions of being authors and illustrators. In this way, children benefit from access to positive role models from the local and wider locality.
Any children who do not initially make the expected progress are assessed and supported through targeted intervention in order to ensure that they are able to achieve their full potential.
As a result, we have a community of enthusiastic readers and writers who enjoy showcasing their developing literacy knowledge and skills; confident to take risks in their reading and writing, and love to discuss and share their ideas.
We use 'Phonics Play' to plan our phonics sessions. Our reading scheme is mainly the Bug Club range of books, however we supplement our scheme with books from other popular schemes depending on the needs of our learners.