English

Our English Curriculum

“The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.”

DfE 2013

“Reading for pleasure is the single best indicator of a child’s academic success.”

OECD

Intent

Our aim at Four Dwellings is to provide all pupils with opportunities to become fluent readers, writers and communicators.

It is our intention that all of our children actively engage in an enriching learning experience. We aim to immerse children in quality texts allowing them to foster a love for reading, a passion for learning and the confidence to explore the wonders of literature.

Our goal is to provide all children with the opportunity to acquire a wide and rich vocabulary and apply this in deliberate and meaningful ways.

We strive for every child to be competent speakers and listeners, allowing them to fully participate in society, making them successful within Four Dwellings and beyond.



The English Mastery Flow Model at FDPA

At Four Dwellings, children in Years 2 - 6 will follow the Mastery Flow structure, to make rich connections across the English curriculum. Reading and writing lessons are combined to enable the children to learn firsthand a broad range of authors. Teachers support this by providing the children with a variety of high-quality texts and engaging yet ambitious activities. These tasks then grow in the challenge from the initial teaching, to the independent application, through to the probing questions, further extension and problem-solving task.

Talk For Writing

At Four Dwellings Primary, we follow the ‘Talk for Writing’ process from Nursery to Year 1. The aim is for the children to orally retell stories first - to help them develop their vocabulary base and understanding of story structures before they then apply this to their writing. Children also receive separate reading and writing lessons.

Reading At Four Dwellings Primary Academy

Our reading curriculum contains a wide variety of different books from different publishers.

We use a wide range of stories, poems, rhymes, and non-fiction texts that develop pupils’ vocabulary, language comprehension and love of reading.

To promote a love of reading at FDPA, we:

  • Create class libraries (book corners) which are inviting, well-organised and contain a range of quality texts

  • Have daily story time sessions (class readers)

  • Encourage author visits

  • Celebrate reading weekly with awards in our celebration assemblies

  • Provide weekly timetabled library sessions

  • Award readers who have made good progress with the chance to win a book from our own book vending machine.

  • Work closely with the local library

  • Set reading challenges

  • Provide a ‘book swap shop’

This year we are launching ‘Accelerated Reader’ (AR) an online programme which will be successfully used across all Key Stage 2 classes. AR is an online programme that aims to foster the habit of independent reading. With a vast collection of books available in our library, the children have ample opportunity to select books that are of interest to them and within their reading ability. AR initially screens pupils according to their reading level, and suggests books that match their reading age and reading interest. Pupils take computerised quizzes on the books they have read and earn AR points for their hard work, which is celebrated each week in assembly.

All children are expected to bring their reading diaries back to school daily. They take a book home to read for pleasure that the child has individually selected either from the school library or the classroom library. Children who are still learning to decode also take home a book to match their reading level and phonic phase.

Our teachers read to children and model reading aloud during shared reading, changing the tone and intonation in their voice and pausing for punctuation. Our teachers are enthusiastic and engaging readers who encourage a love of reading for pleasure. Through focussed book talk, the skills taught in English lessons are applied to all reading across the curriculum.

Storytimes are encouraged to be engaging and interesting for all children. Each child's voice is valued during storytime, as they have the opportunity to make recommendations or choose books they want to hear read. Books are brought to life through the use of different voices, props and expression. The atmosphere for storytime is always considered, so the children can comfortably enjoy their selection.

Storytime books are selected by both the teacher and the pupils. Familiar stories are revisited and a range of genres are covered.

We encourage parents to read at home with their children by providing each child with a book to take home. Communication is key and each parent receives written messages in their child's individual reading diary to update parents with their child's progress and help parents know what they can do to support at home.

Spelling

At Four Dwellings, we aim to develop our children into confident spellers so they have the freedom to express themselves through a wide range of vocabulary. We teach different spelling rule – through the use of engaging lessons, dictation - through the No Nonsense spelling scheme.


Curriculum Handbook and Overview

English Handbook 2020-2021.pdf
English overview Nursery-Y6.pdf

Updated May 2021