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English

Intent

At Middleton Primary School, English and the teaching of English is the foundation of our curriculum. Our aim is to ensure every single child becomes primary literate and progresses in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Our goal is to inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage and a habit of reading widely and often. We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. We want children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and use discussion to communicate and further their learning.

We recognise that each child has their own starting point upon entry to every year group and progress is measured in line with these starting points to ensure every child, inclusive of vulnerability, can celebrate success. Teachers plan and teach personalised, purposeful English lessons which focus on the particular needs of each child.

English at Middleton will not only be a daily discrete lesson, but is at the heart of the entire curriculum.  It is embedded within all our lessons and we will strive for a high level of English for all. Through using high-quality texts, immersing children in vocabulary rich learning environments and ensuring curriculum expectations and the progression of skills are met.  The children at Middleton will be exposed to a language heavy, creative and continuous English curriculum which will enable them to become primary literate.

Implementation

These aims are embedded across our literacy lessons and the wider curriculum. We have a rigorous and well organised English curriculum that provides many purposeful and fun opportunities for reading, writing and discussion. Oracy skills are the driving force of our school curriculum, we promote Voice 21’s four strands in our classroom through Talk Rules. There is clear progression throughout school of dialogic teaching activities, Tower Hamlet language structures and well-chosen vocabulary suitable to the age and needs of the children.

We ensure that our curriculum shows clear progression for all children. In line with Development Matters and the New National Curriculum all year groups teach grammar, punctuation and spelling objectives required for their age group. Pupils achieve good outcomes by embedding Alan Peat sentences structures in their writing.

In Key Stage 1 and Early Years children excel in early reading through the use of the RWI programme. In Year 2 children continue to develop a range of reading skills, as well as a love of reading using rich texts as the centre of the curriculum. In our daily literacy lessons vulnerable groups are highlighted and support staff are used to support these groups further, though PiXl therapies, to ensure progression and specific year group skills are secure. In Key Stage 2 there are daily literacy lessons and daily opportunities to read, progressing from small guided groups to whole class discussion-based sessions.

We use a wide variety of quality texts and resources to inspire our children and expose them to a variety of genres. We also provide a wealth of enrichment opportunities including: hosting Parent Stay and read sessions, Book Club, Author Visits, Reading Club, World Book Day and access to the School Library. Every year we run a poetry competition for children to take part in. This ensures that children benefit from access to positive role models from the local and wider locality.

Impact

As a result, we have a community of enthusiastic readers and writers who enjoy showcasing their developing literacy knowledge and skills. They are confident to take risks in their reading and writing, and love to discuss and share their ideas.

We recognise that we are on a continued journey with our attainment at the end of EYFS, KS1 and KS2 where we aspire to be in the line with the national expectations. Our pupils arrive with a lower starting point than the national average.