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Literacy

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 word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. 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 in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas;
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

Writing

We teach writing through the Talk for Writing approach, developed by Pie Corbett.  Pupils learn a story or text off by heart using pictures and symbols on a storymap (or text map if it is non-fiction), and actions.  They learn all the writer’s skills and create ‘toolkits’ in order to write their own stories/texts at the end of the unit.  In one half term, pupils will complete 1 story unit, 1 non-fiction unit and 1 poetry unit, all wrapped up in the creative theme for the term.  In addition to this, pupils play language and sentence games regularly in order to prepare them for the Y6 Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation test (SPAG).

 

Pupils have layered targets for writing which are monitored every 2 weeks to ensure they are all making good progress in relation to age-related expectations.

We follow the National Curriculum for English.  Our T4W curriculum has been developed in line with the expectations and coverage of the NC, however we cannot publish the document due to copy write restrictions.  The content of the curriculum for each academic year can be found in the curriculum document below.  If you would like more information about the T4W curriculum, please contact us directly.

T4W sentence level progression year on year

SOME EXAMPLES OF OUR T4W CURRICULUM IN ACTION

Narrative unit:

Narrative unit: 1

Introducing The Great Kapok Tree

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Year 5 and 6 retelling 'Experience Everest', a non-fiction instructional text:

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Examples of pupils' poetry linked to 'Experience Everest':

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