At Frodsham Manor House School we work hand in hand with parents & carers to provide an English education of the highest quality, which celebrates everyone’s success in a happy, caring environment and where all our differences are valued.
Our Intent for our English Curriculum
Our English curriculum is designed to meet the content requirements of the DFE’s ‘National Curriculum in England: English Programmes of Study’ (2014) and the language and literacy sections of the ‘Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’ (2014). Our curriculum aims to develop pupils’ competence in reading, writing, speaking and listening; this is to ensure that our pupils can become competent users of language. The development of these literacy skills will ensure that pupils can access the whole curriculum effectively and achieve their potential.
Our Implementation of our English Curriculum
Writing at Frodsham Manor House is taught through a workshop-style approach, in conjunction with the use of a quality text. Daily writing sessions include word and language games which are used to ‘warm-up’ the imagination and encourage creative thinking. Our workshop-style approach involves making explicit the processes and thinking involved in writing; this is so that they can be internalised and applied by children in their own writing. Where appropriate, children are encouraged to deconstruct quality ‘example’ texts for specific genres; this allows them to create their own ‘Key Language Features’ toolkits and utilise the given structures within their own writing. Opportunities for writing for a real purpose, and across the curriculum are utilised by class teachers as often as possible.
Reading at our school is delivered through weekly guided reading sessions; this provides a consistent whole-school approach to reading for all children. Through weekly discussion and reflection with peers and staff, children develop the skills and strategies that they need to become competent and fluent readers, as well as learn to recognise the language features of different text types. We ensure that reading is at the centre of our learning by using quality texts to deliver literacy lessons; this is in conjunction with our workshop-style approach to writing.
The Impact of our English Curriculum
Throughout reading and writing sessions, children learn to identify the key language features within each writing genre and the basic skills in writing are continually reinforced. Specific skills in Literacy are developed, including:
At Frodsham Manor House we aim to develop in all the children:
· A positive attitude towards reading, writing and speaking & listening.
· The ability to communicate and respond effectively with a range of audiences, across a range of genres and for real purposes.
· The competence to produce writing of the highest quality; quality of thought and succinctness being valued as much as elaboration.
· Independence and confidence in order to prepare them with a solid Literacy foundation for high school as well as later life.
· A belief in their own imaginations in order to transport their readers to new worlds and engross them in unique stories.
· Persistence and stamina in order to be able to write independently at length.
· A love of books and literature that will not only support their learning across the curriculum but also enrich their lives.
· The confidence, desire and ability to express their views and opinions (to their peers and adults like) both orally and in writing via a ‘workshop-style’ approach.
· The ability to express themselves clearly in writing and structure their work appropriately, using effective spelling, punctuation and grammar.
· Effective reading skills so that they become fluent, proficient readers who are able to analyse, infer upon and respond to an increasingly challenging variety of texts.
Staff at Frodsham Manor House:
· Provide children with successful Literacy role models to increase aspiration.
· Provide children with meaningful, engaging contexts for reading, writing, speaking and listening.
· Provide high quality Literacy experiences outside designated Literacy lessons through a creative curriculum.
· Work to meet the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum and the EYFS Development Matters document.
Frodsham Manor House Primary School provides a consistent, whole-school approach to reading for all children. We recognise the importance that being a competent and fluent reader plays in every aspect of life – throughout school and beyond. As such, we ensure that reading is at the centre of our learning by using quality texts to deliver Literacy, in conjunction with our workshop-style approach to writing.
Within weekly guided reading sessions, children are taught and encouraged to:
· Become more independent readers through discussing and reflecting upon a wide range of reading material (primarily via ‘Bug Club’ – a whole-school phonics reading programme which is designed to help children master fluency and deepen comprehension).
· Develop the skills and strategies they need to be competent and fluent readers.
· Develop their phonic knowledge in order to decode words efficiently.
· Develop a critical appreciation of what they read
· Recognise the language features within different text types.
· Have an interest in words and their meanings.
· Understand the sound and spelling system and use this to read and spell sounds accurately through the daily, systematic teaching of phonic skills in KS1 (and KS2 as necessary) using the Letters and Sounds programme.
· Be interested in books, foster a love for reading and evaluate to justify their preferences.
At Frodsham Manor House, we teach writing through a workshop-style approach in conjunction with the use of a quality text. A main premise of our workshop-style approach is the use of daily word and language games which are used to: stimulate and develop vocabulary, ‘warm up’ the imagination and encourage creative thinking; these form a key element of each Literacy lesson and are incorporated through each teaching phase. A workshop-style approach involves making explicit the processes and thinking involved in the writing process so that ultimately they can be internalised and applied by children in their own writing. These skills are developed at both a word and sentence-level within our Literacy lessons.
Within daily writing sessions, children are taught and encouraged to:
· Develop the necessary skills to become competent, creative and efficient users of the English Language in order to prepare them for secondary school and beyond.
· Develop their speaking and listening skills, thus enabling them enable them to converse with peers and adults in a meaningful way.
· Express themselves clearly in writing, using good spelling, punctuation and grammar.
· Write in ways appropriate to an intended audience and/or for the intended purpose.
· Structure a wide range of text types effectively and to engage their reader throughout.
· Edit and self-assess their writing regularly, making changes as appropriate to improve the overall quality of their work.
We use 'Letter Join' for our whole school approach to handwriting.
Planning and Teaching
All teachers will plan against the 2014 National Curriculum.
All children will receive a focused, objective specific daily Literacy session which will provide children with the opportunity to learn new skills, apply their knowledge, edit, review and perform in front of an audience as necessary. Additionally, all children will be given the opportunity to enhance their Literacy skills through well planned topic sessions; they will have regular cross-curricular opportunities to read and write for a variety of purposes.
A workshop-style approach to writing will be used across all year groups, supported by the use of quality text. Whole school writing weeks will be planned each year to demonstrate progression within and across each year group.
Spelling is taught via a multi-sensory approach and from years 2-6, the ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ programme (Babcock) provides pathways for the appropriate delivery of spelling sessions across these year groups.
Additional opportunities for Literacy include Library Club, working with visiting poets and authors, World Book Day, Christmas Story writing competition, Weaver Words (Literacy Festival) and we have an annual literacy themed week where all classes have an exciting week of learning based on the same book.
Mrs Pye is our English co-ordinator