Subject leader: Mrs Parker (Based at Middleton Tyas)

supported by Mrs James (Based at Eppleby Forcett) and Miss Grainger and Miss Hodges (Based at Richmond)

Our English curriculum is driven through our vision of ‘roots to grow, wings to fly’. By the time children leave our school we want them to have high standards of literacy; to be equipped with a strong command of the written and spoken word and have a love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

In the Foundation Stage teachers will support children’s learning and competence in communicating, speaking and listening, being read to and beginning to read and write. They will also give children the confidence, opportunity, encouragement, support and disposition to use the skills in a range of situations and for a range of purposes. Planning will be linked to the E.Y.F.S. area of learning for CLL (Communication, Language and Literacy) and driven by a book linked to their area of interest.

From Year One onwards, the teaching and learning of English will be structured and organised in line with the National Curriculum, and with due regard to the needs of the children.

Throughout Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, all English work is inspired by quality, age appropriate, texts that, as much as possible, link to the topic being studied at that time. Through this approach, as well as providing many cross-curricular opportunities, children are provided with the deeper knowledge necessary to create insightful pieces of writing.

The teaching and learning of our English curriculum is skills based, with these skills then applied in extended, genre specific pieces of writing, where a child can demonstrate their understanding of key concepts.

If you have any questions at all about your child’s reading, do not hesitate to ask your class teacher.

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