At Summerfield Primary School we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. One of our priorities is helping children read and develop their all-important comprehension skills. 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 who can use discussion to communicate and further their learning.
We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in English, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. We believe that a secure basis 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 and framework that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion. Will use a wide variety of quality texting resources to motivate and inspire our children. Teachers also ensure that cross curricular links with concurrent topic work are woven into the programme of study.
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, and understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
Appreciate a rich and varied literacy heritage
Right 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
Our competence in the art of speaking and listening making formal presentations demonstrating to others and participating in debate
At Summerfield school, we have recently invested in the Pearson Reading comprehension scheme (Bugs Club). We also use Accelerated Reader in key stage 2 to further boost children's comprehension and inference skills.
By using the talk for writing approach, children will become more confident writers and by the time they are in upper key stage two, most genres of writing will be familiar to them and teaching can focus on creativity, writers craft, sustained writing and manipulation of grammar and punctuation skills.
We identify children who need support and provide intervention in the most effective and efficient way that we can. We run a lunchtime intervention reading groups to ensure every child has the opportunity to read with an adult in addition to reading within lesson time. Teachers plan and teach English lessons which are differentiated to the particular needs of each child. We help each child maximise their potential by providing help and support where necessary or striving to make children independent workers once we have helped to equip them with the confidence, tools and strategies that they need.
We run yearly parent workshops on phonics for Reception and Year One parents, reading and SATs for Year Two parents and the SATs meeting for year six parents so they can understand age related expectations. These sessions are always very well attended by parents and carers who often comment about how helpful the sessions have been for them.
Marking is rigorous in English and across the curriculum. We use symbols to provide feedback to the children and aim to give regular verbal feedback to address misconceptions on the go. Children are given time each day to correct work and complete gap tasks either during that lesson on at the beginning of the following lesson. English books are monitored regularly as well as learning walks and observations to ensure each child is making sufficient progress.
At Summerfield, we love to celebrate success of all learners and strive to help all children achieve their goals. Reading is celebrated in classrooms and around school where our bright and colourful displays celebrate children's writing and their favourite books. In addition, throughout the school year, our English curriculum is enhanced through world book day, author days, writing competitions, parent workshops and a range of trips and visits which in enrich and complement
The impact on our children is clear: progress, sustained learning and transferable skills.
Pupils will enjoy writing across a range of genres and across the curriculum
Pupils will have a good knowledge of how to adapt their writing based on the context and audience
Pupils will leave primary school being able to effectively apply spelling rules and patterns they have been taught
Parents and carers will have a good understanding of how they can support reading and phonics at home, and contributes regularly to homework
The percentage of pupils working at ARE within the stable population in each year group will be broadly in line with national averages
All prior high attainers in the stable population will achieve GDS
We hope that as children move on from Summerfield to further their education and learning, that their creativity, passion for English and high aspirations travel with them and continue to grow and develop as they do.