We develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and provides access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.
In EYFS and Key Stage 1 phonics is taught daily at a discrete dedicated time. Children are grouped in their classes according to the phase they are working within and assessed at regular points to identify any children who need further support. Weekly spelling or sound investigations are matched to the work that has been covered in sessions that week.
Reading is at the heart of all learning at Chorlton CE. Guided Reading sessions take place each morning across both Key Stages. Children in EYFS have regular opportunities to read with the class teacher as well as being exposed to books in all areas of their continuous provision. Children have access to a range of quality fiction and non-fiction texts that compliment other areas of the curriculum and broaden their vocabulary. Reading for pleasure is promoted throughout the school and children read independently, with their peers, buddies and other adults. To further children's enjoyment of books they also have stories read to them.
Developing language skills is at the heart of education and learning. Our curriculum ensures that children are taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English. They also 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. They are taught to give well-structured descriptions and explanations and develop their understanding through speculating, hypothesising and exploring ideas. This enables them to clarify their thinking as well as organise their ideas for writing.
At Chorlton CE children are immersed in high quality texts that inspire children to write for a range of genres, with a clear purpose and audience. Where possible, writing is linked to learning in other areas of the curriculum to help children to make associations. Writing lessons follow a phased approach including reading, speaking and listening and writing. Children have the opportunity to observe teachers modelling writing as well as participating in shared writing activities. Throughout the writing process children are encouraged to proof read, edit and re-draft their writing following feedback from their peers and their teacher. Children self and peer assess their writing using rules and tools which are displayed in the classroom. Published work can be found on displays and is celebrated with the wider school community.
We provide regular opportunities for children to develop, practise and perfect skills and provide targeted support to any child experiencing difficulty. Handwriting is taught weekly to a whole class or groups of children and then practised. In Foundation Stage and KS1 we have introduced the Letter-join curvise handwriting scheme. As the children move through school they will continue to use the scheme through KS2.
Our English curriculum is also drawn from: