The English curriculum is made up of reading, writing, spelling and handwriting. Each area is taught in a discrete manner through a variety of current and classic texts in order to give children a complete overview and experience of the subject as a whole.
In the Foundation Stage, children engage with a variety of ‘play-based’ activities that expose them to these four areas. The heading for this development of English skills is Communication, Language and Literacy Development (CLLD).
In KS1 and KS2 English is taught as a timetabled lesson for 1 hour each day. In these lessons there is a combination of 2-4 elements of the English curriculum; children may be asked to read and answer questions on a text, write in a specific style or genre, look at spelling patterns in words and /or practice their handwriting.
The skills children learn in English are easily transferred to all other areas of the curriculum and when children are assessed these pieces of work are also taken into consideration.
As a school we work in partnership with parents on children’s English skills and encourage all children to read with an adult at least 3 times a week.
If children are new to English or they are finding certain elements of the curriculum more challenging, we introduce them to a variety of intervention programmes to support their learning. Around 20% of the children in our school speak, read, write, understand or are exposed to a language other than English. These are skills we celebrate and encourage as a way of helping them learn English. Children entering our school with no English will be provided with an Intensive phonics-based literacy programme to ensure they develop English literacy as soon as possible.