Welcome to the English section of the Curriculum
At Sutton Green our English work follows a text-based approach and links to our Cornerstones topics. This cross curricular approach provides children with writing opportunities for all genres and allows children to practice their skills across the curriculum.
Writing 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. They will 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. Each class has a working wall to help support children with their learning.
Spelling is taught weekly from Year 3 upwards with lessons directly teaching the spelling rules linked to the National curriculum. Each week involves focusing on a spelling rule which is taught and a follow up activity linked to grammar and punctuation to consolidate the learning is set as homework. Spelling is tested the following week through a dictation exercise as well as through their written work across the curriculum. Year group specific spellings can be found and downloaded below.
Phonics is taught daily from Reception to Year 2 through Read Write Inc. Children are taught in groups according to ability. Children start by learning one way to read the 40+ sounds of the English alphabet and blend these sounds into words, before moving on to learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes. Reading books are closely matched to their increasing level of phonics and 'tricky' words and as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases. Children are also helped and encouraged to read with a storyteller's voice.
Reading Children are taught to read fluently, understand both fiction and non-fiction and are encouraged to read for pleasure. We start this by learning to decode text through our daily phonics teaching, which is started in EYFS and carried on daily until Year 2.
Guided, shared and whole class texts promote and encourage pupils to have a love of books - both fiction and non-fiction. These lessons encourage children to read the text with a focus on the National Curriculum objectives. Through this approach, children will learn to think about the vocabulary used, the structure of texts and the choices the author has made through the writing process.
We love to celebrate World Book Day each year.
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.
Children’s command of vocabulary is key to their learning and progress across the whole curriculum. Teachers will 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. It is particularly important to introduce children into the language which defines each subject in its own right, such as accurate mathematical and scientific language.
Whole School Text and Display
Each year 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.
Summer 2013 - The Queen's Golden Jubliee - celebrating 50 Years as Queen
Autumn 2013 - Our book focus was 'Where My Wellies Take Me' by Michael Morpurgo
November 2014 - We remembered World War 1 - Centenary Event
Summer 2015 - We used a cross curricular approach themed 'Sutton Green Explorers'
November 2015 - Our book focus was 'The Story of life' learning about how the World began.
September 2016 - Our Great Britons and Year 5/6 The Battle of Jutland.
September 2017 - ‘We're Going on a Bear Hunt’ - A narrative and non-fiction focus around bears.
Autumn 2017 - Revamp of the library. Each class focused on a book and worked cross curricularly mixing English, Art and DT.
Summer 2018 - Water with a focus on a current environmental issue, plastic pollution. Each class focused on a text themed around water to produce a variety of different genres including poetry, letters and non-chronological reports to name but a few.
September 2019 & September 2020 - Library Book Week and Cornerstones topics displayed in the Sutton Green library area.