The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
TEACHING AND LEARNING IN ENGLISH
Every lesson has clear learning intentions focused on outcomes. All lessons are well-planned, building on prior learning towards clear outcomes. Teaching sequences allow for coverage of spoken language, reading comprehension and writing composition, including grammar and punctuation, the writing process, spelling and handwriting.
Lessons are well-paced, engaging and interactive. We look for motivating, exciting and varied learning opportunities and experiences to bring the national curriculum for English alive for our young pupils. Pupils’ contributions and involvement are positively sought after and encouraged. High expectations ensure that each child can realise, and exceed, their own targets.
The English curriculum is planned and delivered according to the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014. The annual overview for each phase details coverage of English reading and writing opportunities across each year group and term. From this, teachers build detailed units of work (teaching sequences) based on quality children’s literature and the broader curriculum.
CLPE’s Power of Reading website provides teachers with support for planning stimulating teaching sequences (www.CLPE.org.uk). Weekly plans give learning intentions for each lesson, details of support and challenge, and how lessons will be taught, drawing on a wide range of teaching strategies, which include:
Grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting are taught regularly and explicitly, guided by the expectations of the National Curriculum, and in context where possible.