At Coldean, our English curriculum includes the teaching of speaking & listening, reading, writing, spelling and handwriting. From their earliest experience at our school through to the end of Year 6, the children are exposed to a wide variety of first-hand experiences and a broad range of text types to engage, inspire and stimulate their imaginations. We believe that these rich experiences provide children with opportunities to develop their language skills and give them “…stuff to write about!”
These experiences can take a multitude of forms, some of which are; an educational visit or visitor, a Stunning Start (usually in fancy dress!), a problem to solve, drama-based activities e.g. role-play or interviewing a book character or practical activities e.g. cooking to support writing instructions.
As part of our daily timetable, we teach separate English, Phonics, handwriting and spelling sessions. We also plan daily Reading Basket sessions that include guided and individual reading opportunities, reading comprehension and computer-based activities.
Across the school, we endeavour to make links between our English teaching and the wider topic-based curriculum. For example, writing diary entries as Samuel Pepys during the Great Fire of London or researching and debating current affairs to encourage the use of persuasive language.
Alongside discrete English teaching, children are given every opportunity throughout the school day to practise and embed their Literacy skills. For instance, writing and delivering a speech for the House Captain nominations or reading Remembrance Day poetry during a whole-school assembly.
The National Curriculum (2014) clearly states that teaching the English language is an essential, if not the most essential role of a Primary school. At Coldean, English teaching is a priority and we recognise that this is essentially cross-curricular and a constant through-out school life and beyond.