English

English Curriculum Intent Statement

Aims

At Temple Grove Academy, we aim to foster a love of reading and language in children that can be readily applied to their writing. We equip our pupils with the skills to be engaging and articulate comuinicators as they progress through their individual educational journeys and beyond into adulthood.

 

Intent

We recognise that a language-rich environment with a strong focus upon developing an expansive vocabulary is fundamental for our pupils in becoming strong thinkers, speakers, readers, and writers. Our English teaching is underpinned by the National Curriculum and supported by up-to-date educational research, to ensure the best possible outcomes for our children in terms of progress and attainment. As we continue to embed our English curriculum, we strive to ensure that:

  • Pupils read a range of different genres and participate whole-heartedly in discussions about what they have read
  • Pupils are explicitly taught to become fluent readers, demonstrating sound comprehension
  • Children actively explore the language used by different authors and the impact certain word choices have on the reader
  • The school environment promotes reading for pleasure alongside reading to research, gather new knowledge and extend understanding
  • Teachers plan experiences, engaging tasks and make use of cross-curricular links so that our pupils have passion and enthusiasm for writing
  • Pupils write clearly and coherently applying the relevant grammar, punctuation, and spelling objectives accurately and to good effect
  • Pupils write competently in different styles and for different purposes and audiences, using their continually developing expansive vocabulary
  • Pupils have a solid understanding of the grammar rules and terminology appropriate for their age group and can demonstrate this in their writing
  • Pupils develop a passion for the subject and are motivated to do well

 

Implementation

At Temple Grove Academy, we believe a combination of explicit skills teaching, the use of exciting, vocabulary rich texts, and an engaging cross-curricular approach, enable our children to make good progress. We deliver this through:

  • The systematic teaching of phonics in EYFS and KS1, in line with current research
  • Using VIPERS to teach explicit reading and comprehension skills daily, supported with a wide range of quality texts
  • The teacher’s daily reading of a class text with class to promote reading for pleasure
  • The use of ‘Sirlinkalot’ and ‘No Nonsense Spellings’ are combined and delivered as part of daily lessons, and discretely and promoted in our home learning grids, to ensure both spelling rules alongside common exception words are taught, explored, understood and applied to writing
  • The use of Power of Reading to plan English lessons and writing outcomes based around a high-quality, language-rich text
  • The embedded teaching of the grammar and punctuation curriculum objectives into our daily English lessons, supported by ‘No Nonsense Grammar.’
  • Providing opportunities for ‘cold-writes’ to enable children to write freely and creatively
  • Placing great emphasis on the expansion of pupil’s vocabulary through consistent approaches to reading and explicit vocabulary teaching in our English lessons
  • Participation in whole school initiatives such as World Book Day and Vocabulary Day to support pupils in feeling a passion for the subject
  • Planning all reading and English lessons creatively, flexibly, and responsively to meet the needs of our children
  • The use of regular assessment cycles to support teacher assessment judgements alongside the use of target tracker
  • Whole school shared writing moderation to ensure good progression in each year group
  • Delivering the above in a fun and engaging ways that creates a love for the subject

 

Impact

At the end of every academic year, we ensure pupils are prepared for the next stage of their individual, educational journey. By the end of Key Stage 2, pupils from Temple Grove Academy will:

  • Have made good progress in the context of their starting points in reading, writing, and speaking and listening.
  • Attain in line with their peers nationally
  • Be articulate, confident, and courteous speakers
  • Be expressive writers who show clear consideration for their reader
  • Use grammatical objectives in order to creatively enhance and improve their writing
  • Read fluently and confidently
  • Understand and discuss what they have read demonstrating clear comprehension
  • Read for pleasure and to further their learning and understanding
  • Enjoy the subject and feel positive about participating in English-based activities
  • In all areas of English, demonstrate a broad bank of vocabulary that enables effective communication
  • Have a secure knowledge of spelling patterns, rules, and common exception words with several reliable strategies to use when writing
  • Be able to transfer these skills to a range of different situations as they progress into adulthood