English

Welcome to the English section of the Curriculum

Writing Intent 

At Sutton Green we understand how important it is for children to be able to write confidently and with enjoyment. Our provision is to provide a wealth of opportunities for children to write about and to ensure that we are providing stimuli that are both engaging and inspiring. We recognise the importance of a culture where children take pride in their work and also want our children to be excited about their writing, finding opportunities both inside and outside of school to discuss and share.

 

Writing Implementation

We follow the aims and objectives of the National Curriculum and ensure that we regularly recap previous learning.  At Sutton Green we follow a mastery text-based approach to the teaching and learning of English so that writing across the curriculum will inspire, engage and challenge all pupils, enabling them to develop the skills to effectively communicate their thoughts, ideas and emotions to others. We aim to build the pupils’ stamina for writing, vocabulary knowledge and understanding of grammar, by creating a positive approach to an increasingly wide range of text types (including areas of fiction, non-fiction and poetry). 

We recognise the importance of fostering a culture where pupils take pride in their writing; write clearly and accurately; and modify their structure and language choices to suit a variety of audiences, purposes and contexts. At Sutton Green Primary School, we want writing to equip our pupils with the necessary tools to communicate effectively and to understand the importance of writing as a life-long skill. 

Children will develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation. They will be taught the correct use of grammar and build on what they have been taught to expand the range of their writing and the variety of the grammar they use. We take pride in all our written work including handwriting, content and presentation throughout the school year and this hard work is reflected in our Cornerstones books.

Marking is thorough in our written work and across the curriculum, with regular opportunities for feedback. Our children understand the markng in their books and can use it as an opportunity to learn and develop. Children are regularly set targets for them to work towards achieving and we have regular discussions with them about what it is they should be including in each piece of writing.

Spelling is taught daily in Years 3 to 6 for children who can read accurately, with increasing speed. With 20 minutes of daily teaching, children will develop confidence in spelling. Using an approach underpinned by phonics, Read Write Inc. Spelling develops children’s knowledge of word families, how suffixes impact upon root words, and provides mnemonics to remember the trickiest spellings. It is an interactive programme which teaches spellings in a fun and engaging way. It helps children to learn spellings with common patterns and uses rules in order to help them recall spellings as well as teaching exceptions to these rules.The teaching revolves around instruction (with the help of online alien characters), partner and group practice, and competitive group challenges that help children commit new words to memory. Individual workbooks allow children to practise their spellings and the teaching naturally follows on from the Spell Review part of the RWI phonics programme taught as soon as the children enter Reception. There is no formal spelling homework, but you can support your child with their spelling by practising their year group specific spellings ('orange words') which can be found and downloaded below. 

Children’s command of vocabulary is key to their learning and progress across the whole curriculum, and at Sutton Green we strive to enhance vocabulary across the curriculum. Teachers therefore develop vocabulary actively, building systematically on children’s current knowledge. They will increase pupils’ store of words in general; simultaneously, they should also make links between known and new vocabulary and discuss the shades of meaning in similar words. In this way, children will expand the vocabulary choices that are available to them when they write. Vocabulary acquisition and understanding holds a high profile in all of our classrooms, and staff model and present new vocabulary to children in all subjects.

 

Writing Impact

Children leave our school having grown in ability and confidence with their writing through their time here. Our pupils have experienced a wealth of authors and genres which has opened up their imaginations. They have developed their transferable skills, so that by the time they are in upper Key Stage 2, most genres of writing are familiar to them and we can focus on creativity, writer’s craft, sustained writing and manipulation of grammar and punctuation skills.

As all aspects of Literacy are an integral part of the curriculum, cross-curricular writing standards have also improved and skills taught in the Literacy lessons are being transferred into other subjects. This shows skills being consolidated and a deeper understanding of punctuation and grammar objectives.

 

Reading Intent 

At Sutton Green we believe that reading is an essential life skill and we are committed to enabling our children to become lifelong readers. It is our intention to provide pupils with a high-quality education in reading, which will feed imagination and curiosity; develop knowledge of the world and instil the skills and love of reading necessary to succeed in school and later on in life.

 

Reading Implementation

Teaching in EYFS concentrates on language development, developing phonological awareness and the teaching of phonics. Key stage 1 builds upon the work from the EYFS, introducing new GPC as well as working towards recognising words on sight in order to build fluency. Alongside this, comprehension is broken down into small steps and develops throughout KS1and KS2.

At Sutton Green, we value discussion and make time for it in reading lessons, recognising that it is essential in promoting the acquisition of vocabulary and grammar knowledge, as well as knowledge and understanding of the world. Through our curriculum, children learn the skills necessary to read, discuss and understand a range of texts, as well have opportunities to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.

Promoting the enjoyment of reading plays an important role in our curriculum. We want children to be confident readers, able to tackle a range of unfamiliar and increasingly demanding texts. Most of all, we want to inspire a love for reading that will stay with children long after they have left primary school.

We follow a Mastery approach to English through the programme Pathways to Read. Units of work are delivered using high quality texts and children are given varied opportunities for reading. Skills are built up through repetition within the units, and children apply these skills in the reading activities provided.  

We deliver one whole class shared reading lesson per week from years 3-6 with bespoke grouped reading for every pupil at least once a week as well as individual reading. In our shared and grouped reads, there is a clear teaching focus with the opportunity to master key reading skills in each session. There are follow on reading tasks to enable pupils to evidence the skills they have mastered independently.

Many opportunities for widening children’s vocabulary are given through the Pathways to Read approach and this builds on the extensive work we do in school to provide our children with a rich and varied vocabulary.  

 

Reading Impact 

As we believe that reading is key to all learning, the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond the result of statutory assessments. Children have the opportunity to enter the wide and varied magical worlds that reading opens up to them. As they develop their own interest in books, a deep love of literature across a range of genres cultures and styles is enhanced.

Through the teaching of systematic phonics and reading enquiry, our aim is for children to become fluent and confident readers who can apply their knowledge and experience to a range of texts through the Key Stage 2 curriculum.

Children leave our school as fluent, confident and able readers, who can access a range of texts for pleasure and enjoyment, as well as use their reading skills to unlock learning and all areas of the curriculum. We firmly believe that reading is the key to all learning and so the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond the results of the statutory assessments.

 

You will find the end of year expectations for reading for each of our year groups in the attached documents. For further detail on the skills that your children are learning on a termly basis, please contact your class teacher.

There is space in childrens' reading journals to record 5 reads per week, as well as a space for  parent/teacher comment section for home/school communication. Please encourage your child to read at least 5 times per week. It is important that you spend time listening to your child read and asking them questions about what they have read. Reading stories to your child provides them with a love of books, an understanding of language and a deeper understanding of the world around them.

 

Below are some links for a list of recommended books for each year group. 

Recommended Reads for Reception (ages 4-5)

Recommended Reads for Year 1 (ages 5-6)

Recommended Reads for Year 2 (ages 6-7)

Recommended Reads for Year 3 (ages 7-8)

Recommended Reads for Year 4 (ages 8-9)

Recommended Reads for Year 5 (ages 9-10)

Recommended Reads for Year 6 (ages 10-11)

With access to libraries, classrooms and bookshops limited for many, at the bottom of the page are documents with QR codes and links to some of the best online storytimes for children to access freely at home. The story readings on Youtube and all of the books chosen are read aloud by their fabulous authors and illustrators.

Spoken language is given a high priority in our school. Children will be taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English. They will learn to justify ideas with reasons; ask questions to check understanding; develop vocabulary and build knowledge; negotiate; evaluate and build on the ideas of others; and select the appropriate register for effective communication. They will be taught to give well-structured descriptions and explanations and develop their understanding through exploring ideas. This will enable them to clarify their thinking as well as organise their ideas for writing. 

 

Whole School Text and Display

As a school we choose a text or event around which to focus our writing. This work is then collated to form a whole school display where children, staff, parents and visitors can enjoy the published work. Please take a look at the photos below that illustrate these topics.

Over the past few years we have created displays such as

Remembrance Day

'Where My Wellies Take Me' by Michael Morpurgo

'Sutton Green Explorers'

'The Story of life' learning about how the World began

Our Great Britons

‘We're Going on a Bear Hunt’ - A narrative and non-fiction focus around bears.

Current environmental issues e.g. plastic pollution

Each year we 'revamp' our school library with each class focusing on a book linked to their first Cornerstones topic and discover it cross curricularly through English, Art and DT.

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