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Barrow Hedges Primary School

English

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English is led by Miss Marianne Wilson

The national curriculum for English states:

Purpose of study

English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.

Aims

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 language, 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

From National Curriculum in England - updated 16 July 2014. (See pdf below for Year Group coverage - named NC Writing and reading key objectives)

Our essential learning objectives for English at Barrow Hedges Primary are to enable children:

Speaking and Listening

  • To be able to communicate confidently and clearly
  • To listen with interest and engagement

Reading

  • To be able to read words accurately.
  • To be able to understand texts.
  • To develop a love of reading.

 Writing (Composition)

  • To be able to write with purpose.
  • To be able to use imaginative description.
  • To be able to organise writing appropriately.
  • To be able to use sentences and paragraphs appropriately.

Transcription (Handwriting)

  • To be able to write and present neatly.
  • To be able to spell accurately.
  • To be able to punctuate accurately.
  • Analysis and Presentation
  • To be able to analyse writing.
  • To be able to present writing.

How We Teach Writing at Barrow Hedges Primary School

At Barrow Hedges, we embed ‘Talk for Writing’ into our English lessons. ‘Talk for Writing’ is the exploration, through talk, of the thinking and creative processes involved in being a writer. We take children on a magical journey as we, alongside them, explore what it is to be a writer. ‘Talking the text’ is often the missing link of teaching writing. Children struggle to write well because they are juggling so many different elements of transcription and composition. By talking the text they begin to internalise the common language patterns of narrative and non-fiction, freeing up more cognitive space for composition. Talk for Writing strategies are fun, engaging and motivating for children. It helps the children to learn to talk, discuss and think like writers. Reading Sharing and enjoying texts together as a class; sometimes generating a ‘Talk Map’ to internalise an extract of a story or the whole thing. Talking Generating ideas (from text, picture, drama, etc) Sharing our thoughts about a text. Identifying key characteristics of the text type, vocabulary, grammar, etc. Modelling Writing Teacher models writing, externalising the composition process: generating ideas, “magpie-ing” from the shared text(s), selecting 'best' ideas, organising and putting them on the page. Shared Writing Teacher scribes whilst the class contributes to the collection of ideas, words, phrases or how ideas go down onto paper. Guided Writing In small groups or pairs, children compose, edit, improve or reflect upon writing (usually linked to a child's writing target). Paired / Independent Writing Using the skills and ideas already shared children produce a piece of writing, proof read, edit and improve their work.

English is usually taught every day in all classes. Teaching of English is not only delivered as a daily stand alone lesson, but also embedded in other parts of the curriculum and real life events to motivate, engage and inspire the children, giving a real sense of purpose to their reading, writing, speaking and listening. Children have the opportunity to practise and develop English skills linked to their topic for example: practising their letter writing skills as a World war II evacuee (History)

As part of our daily English teaching there will be a specifically planned focus on spelling, grammar and punctuation. These will be linked to the National Curriculum, texts the children are using and class/ individual needs.