The expert in anything was once a beginner
English at Beacon Academy:
English, whether spoken, written or listened to, under-pins all areas of our curriculum and at Beacon Academy our aim is to provide the children with the skills which are essential to participate fully as a member of modern British Society. We do this with a sense of enjoyment and purpose as the children go about their learning by providing a high quality education in English which will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that their ideas and emotions can be communicated to others.
At Beacon, we follow the objectives of the EYFS Framework and National Curriculum . Our aim is to develop a love for language and literacy and this is at the heart of our teaching.
Our children's journey begins in the EYFS and Year 1, where we follow Pie Corbett's 'Talk for Writing' approach. Talk for Writing is used to teach fiction, non-fiction and poetry through a multi-sensory approach. This ensures that there are plenty of opportunities for children to talk, share experiences and explain their thinking.
The children in Years 2 - 6 will then transition onto our English Mastery Flow structure so that they can make rich connections across the English curriculum. English units of work are planned to include reading and writing (as well as spoken language opportunities) allowing children to compare texts, develop as a reader and learn about authorial choices and their impact on the reader. Children can then use this knowledge to inform their own creative writing. For each unit of work, teachers plan 'flows' which enable children to develop the knowledge and understanding they need to produce their own writing. Teachers plan lessons which include a variety of high-quality texts and engaging, yet ambitious, activities. For each 'flow' within a unit of English, level of challenge increases in order for children to develop a deeper understanding of what is being taught. Teachers plan the initial teaching, independent application, probing questions, further extension tasks and problem-solving tasks.
We celebrate national events such as National Poetry Day and World Book Day and we encourage the children to enter competitions. To enhance their enjoyment of English we also enjoy visits from authors and theatre companies.
At Beacon, we want to give the children a chance to build a ‘love’ for reading from an early age, which will make them life-long readers. Through this reading, our children are given the opportunities to develop culturally, emotionally, socially and spiritually. We follow the ‘Whole Class Reading’ model, whereby all children have the opportunity to study and discuss the same texts. These quality texts are carefully chosen in order to meet the academic needs of each year group. In order to support the children’s understanding of these quality texts, the children will read a variety of non-fiction texts and answer questions about these. Additional reading opportunities are given to those children who require extra support.