Grange Junior School Learning & Education

English

Intent

At Grange Junior School, writing and reading go hand in hand. English lessons are fun, engaging and exciting and develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. Through our approach, we aim to inspire an appreciation of the subject and a habit of reading widely and often. We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately for different purposes and audiences as well as adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. To

encourage reflection, we also foster the chance for self and peer feedback to improve work. Across subjects, to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening, we nurture the ability to have discussions that communicate and further their learning. We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in English as a whole subject, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the KS2 curriculum. In striving to be creative, we link every term to a text which inspires the teaching and learning in both reading and writing sessions whilst hooking the interest of the children; our aim is to motivate and encourage the children to explore, question and delve deeper into their learning to find answers.

Implementation

As staff, we aim to help each individual to become a confident reader and writer and nurture a love for a varied, rich reading diet which encompasses different cultures, periods, styles and perspectives. We celebrate the strengths of every pupil in a supportive environment where mutual respect is at the heart of our classrooms. This allows for curiosity and wonder to thrive in the learning process which produces a rewarding experience as the children see their work develop. Every term, staff base their lessons around a core text and plan their reading and writing sessions in three distinct phases – each one spiralling into the next - building and developing on knowledge, understanding and learning at every level. This process ensures all children have the same starting point in their learning and every child is able to access the work. Through each phase, we develop an understanding of different text types, learn the skills that authors use in books to engage and hook the reader in before providing the opportunity to apply this to a final written outcome.

Impact

Our engaging and thorough approach results in a well-structured yet creative learning experience that focuses on every child having the same starting points in their learning. The high-quality texts used and the engaging use of multimedia ensures English is a fun, creative and inspirational subject that instils a love of language.

Golden threads in writing at Grange Junior School

Knowledge

Through writing lessons and embedded opportunities, children will gain knowledge through a progression of skills mapped out in both fiction and non-fiction. Children will have the opportunities to apply that knowledge in a variety of contexts and opportunities for revisiting will be possible when and where needed.

Skills

Children will develop the skills to become competent writers in a variety of different genres. They will be equipped with the skills needed to write for a wide range of purposes and audiences and will have the opportunity to practise these skills. Children will be building up their fine motor skills through daily application of writing. The curriculum is mapped out at Grange Junior School so that there is a clear, linear progression of skills.

Language-rich

Children will be exposed to a range of writing vocabulary word choices so that they are able to articulate the skills they are demonstrating, missing or working on. Children will be encouraged at all opportunities to use the correct vocabulary rather than nicknames for skills and features. All children will be able to express what their targets are using the correct language and explain how to achieve their target.

Making connections

Children will be able to make connections on the skills they are using through the clear progression of our long term plan. Teachers will be able to see how they can build on previous skills using the linked objectives document published by the White Horse Federation.

Experiences

To give children the best possible experiences with writing, every unit of writing starts with a hook lesson. This is carefully crafted to make sure children have equal opportunities to start from and are all exposed to the same vocabulary. Children’s books are linked to their foundation subjects and trips are planned to tie in everything together to give the children the best start.

English Yearly Overview 2021-22 Download
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