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    English


    Our English curriculum underpins the Woodhouse curriculum. A high-quality education teaches pupils to speak, listen, read and write fluently so that they can communicate with others. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.

    Speaking and listening: speak clearly using Standard English, justify ideas with reasons, ask questions to check understanding, develop vocabulary, give well-structured descriptions and explanations, hypothesise and explore ideas

    Reading: read fluently, understand extended texts, read for pleasure

    Writing: develop stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar

    We believe that pupils' acquisition and understanding of vocabulary is paramount to their learning and progress across the whole curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to make links between known and new vocabulary thus enabling them to expand on these in their writing.

    Literacy lessons include spelling, punctuation and grammar work, shared reading and writing experiences and opportunities to discuss and debate.

    Reading

    There are two dimensions to the teaching of reading; word reading (decoding and phonics) and comprehension (listening and reading). Guided reading sessions are additional to Literacy lessons, enabling staff and pupils to read a range of fiction and non-fiction texts and engage in high quality discussions in small groups. 

    In Year R, we use the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme of work which is a systematic synthetics phonic approach to reading and writing. The resources we use are mainly based around the Jolly Phonics scheme although resources and activities are adapted to suit the specific needs of pupils or year groups.

    In Year R the reading scheme is mainly phonetic so the pupils are using and practising the skills they have been introduced to. The two main schemes used are Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby Star, these include simple captions, short stories, traditional tales and non-fiction texts.

    The teaching of phonics continues throughout KS1 and decoding skills are taught alongside reading comprehension skills.  In KS2, where pupils' decoding skills are more advanced, there is more of a focus on developing children's comprehension skills. 

    A reading scheme, which comprises of mainly Oxford Reading Tree books, runs throughout the school.  In the lower levels, some books focus on decoding whereas others focus on comprehension.  The scheme provides pupils with the opportunity to read a broad range of fiction and non-fiction books.    In Year 6, pupils take part in the Accelerated Reader scheme - a computer programme which helps monitor children's independent reading and comprehension.  After finishing their reading books, children take a quiz on a computer which provides them with instant feedback and motivation.

    Writing

    Similarly to reading, there are two dimensions to the teaching of writing: transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing). Pupils are taught to form, articulate and communicate ideas and subsequently organise them with an awareness of the reader. Pupils are also taught to develop a fluent, legible and speedy handwriting style.

    In addition to Literacy lessons, each week pupils participate in a smaller group Guided Writing session with their class teacher in order to practise and refine their writing skills. These are also developed across the curriculum, where pupils will learn to write a variety of different text types, for a range of purposes and audiences.

    Spelling, vocabulary and grammar

    We teach our pupils to use standard English by combining all the elements of spelling, grammar and punctuation. Pupils learn correct grammatical terms and teachers exploit opportunities to enhance pupils' vocabulary across the whole curriculum.

    You can see an overview by cohorts on our curriculum page.