It is our intention when teaching the English curriculum that our pupils acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to become life-long learners and leave our school ‘secondary ready’.
English is a core subject of the National Curriculum and a pre-requisite for educational and social progress as it underpins the work undertaken in all areas of the curriculum. The acquisition of language skills is of the upmost importance and therefore the teaching of all aspects English is given a high priority at South End Junior.
We predominantly teach writing using Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’ approach, employing the three stages of imitation, innovation and invention to a range of non-fiction and fiction genres. We aim to link our writing context to our curriculum projects as well as planning real life reasons for children to write, enthusing them with a purpose for their writing.
Children are inspired to write through the use of high-quality texts and by us immersing them in vocabulary-rich learning environments. The etymology of words is explored with the children and they are encouraged to create their own definitions for any newly acquired vocabulary.
As far as possible, grammar and punctuation techniques are taught through our ‘Talk for Writing’ chapters of learning to enable us to teach not only the basic skill, but also how to control the use by evaluating the impact for the reader.
Spelling is taught systematically to ensure that children understand the link between phonics teaching and phonetically plausible spellings. As they move through KS2, common exception words are learned and these are spelled with increasing accuracy. We focus on teaching the spelling patterns in each year group as outlined in the National Curriculum.
Non-negotiables for each year group are tracked to ensure new curriculum expectations and the progression of skills are met. We set the children personalised, small-step targets to ensure any gaps are addressed and their writing meets age-related expectations.
We believe that all pupils should be encouraged to take pride in the presentation of their writing, in part by developing a fluent, joined, handwriting style. We use the PenPals scheme to teach handwriting and use their joined font type as a model across the school.
Click here to view our writing long term overview. This overview is subject to change to cater for pupils needs and interests.