The children follow the 2014 English programme of study and are supported by a wide variety of resources, which are matched to their needs.
Our curriculum for English reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are vital for developing their vocabulary and grammar and their understanding for reading and writing.
In reading, teaching focuses on developing pupils’ competence in both word recognition and comprehension. A key priority this year is to develop pupils’ pace, fluency and accuracy in their own reading so that it may improve their reading comprehension skills. For all year groups, regular guided reading sessions take place in addition to an English lesson. Children are guided towards appropriate reading books and some pupils will read alongside a reading buddy. Lowther promotes reading for pleasure and engages with the community developing different reading challenges e.g. visiting books shops, the library (as well as having the library van visit us) and promoting World Book Day and extreme reading challenges.
In writing, teaching focuses on developing children’s competence in both transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing). In writing, children are immersed in high quality genres and are encouraged and supported to extract key features. We use Power of Reading to link our class texts with high quality writing experiences. In the process of becoming independent writers, pupils are given clear purposes and audiences for their work. The Talk4Writing programme is in place throughout school and pupils are encouraged to say, rehearse what they want to write, before committing their ideas to paper. The key writing features are taught and modelled by the teacher and additional scaffolding is given when needed. Pupils are given the opportunity to complete a piece of extended writing every week which allows them to further embed and develop their writing skills. Each week opportunities are in place for pupils to edit and draft their own writing. This will either be in response to the teacher’s marking or their own re-reading.
Grammar, punctuation and spelling are taught both discretely and within the context of reading and writing, so that learnt skills are applied to good effect. The teaching of phonics continues into KS2 as necessary, children are assessed and work in differentiated small groups.
The school will continue to set high expectations for all pupils through challenging and motivating activities. Children’s progress will be assessed rigorously and frequently against ambitious targets.