"English is the language of the future, the language of the computer. English is the most important tool you'll ever need, no matter what career you choose. You have the right to English. Make it your right."
Benjamin Zephaniah. - Poet, Actor, Writer and Radio Presenter
The new English programme of study (2014) is based on 4 areas:
- Spoken language
- Reading (and acquiring new vocabulary)
- Spelling, grammar, punctuation and glossary
Its Programmes of Study (POS) are divided into 3 Key stages: Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) and Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6).
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
We aim to encourage all pupils to:
- Be competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to each other and participating in debate as well as reciting poetry. Language is communicating through speaking, listening, reading and writing. It is the basis of all learning in the curriculum and is therefore inherent within the ethos and philosophy of our school - talk for writing.
- Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas which will develop their cognitive skills, imagination and personal expression through a range of writing tasks using clear, concise language with accurate punctuation and grammar, in a style appropriate for the purpose of the writing.
- Make progress to becoming a correct speller, using neat legible joined handwriting.
- Read easily, fluently and with good understanding to 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 to develop the pupils' competence in the use of both spoken and written standard English and to understand the ways in which it differs from other forms of English.
- Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting the language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences (TASK, AUDIENCE and PURPOSE).
To view our non-negotiable reading expectations for each year group, please click here
To view our non-negotiable writing expectations for each year group, please click here