English Curriculum Rationale
At Windrush Primary School we strive to ensure that our pupils receive a well-rounded English curriculum through the medium of reading, writing and speaking and listening. Through our high standards of language and vocabulary, we equip the children with a strong command of the spoken and written word that allows them to develop their love of literature through widespread exposure to a range of texts and books.
By the end of KS1, children will be able to read a range texts written at an age appropriate interest level both in class and for pleasure. They should be able to read them accurately and at a speed that is sufficient for them to focus on understanding what they read. They will be able to decode most new words outside their spoken vocabulary, making a good approximation to the word’s pronunciation.
By the end of KS2, our children will be taught and understand the necessary skills that they need to be a fluent and confident reader and are able to apply these skills both in class and for enjoyment. A love and passion of reading in our children will be instilled by giving them ample opportunities to read widely and often, both for pleasure and information. Children will be able to read aloud a wider range of poetry and books written at an age-appropriate interest level with accuracy and at a reasonable speaking pace. We aim for our children to be competent readers who can actively take part in book discussions, recommend books to peers, and have a desire to read across a range of genres.
During their time at Windrush, children will become imaginative, creative and effective writers who can write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting language and style across a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. The children are exposed to a range of models in different genres that allows the opportunity to develop their writing skills. These writing tools are built upon each year to allow the children to develop their understanding of effective writing across a range of genres. By the end of KS1, children should be able to write down their ideas with a reasonable degree of accuracy and with good sentence punctuation. They should be aware of how to orally rehearse a sentence before writing it down and write for a range of purposes including narrative about personal experience and others, real events and poetry.
By the end of KS2, children are also taught a sophisticated bank of vocabulary, through our model texts, that they can apply in their personal writing. They will be able to quickly write their ideas and compose a range of different pieces of writing with a broad understanding of grammar and punctuation and the effect it has on their piece of writing. The children are taught the necessary skills to evaluate their own writing through opportunities for editing and understand what underpins an effective piece of writing. In addition, the children acquire and are taught a range of grammar and punctuation and how to apply this effectively to aid writing.
By the end of KS2, we strive to ensure the continual development of pupils’ confidence and competence in spoken language and listening skills. The children are encouraged to listen carefully across a range of situations and to different audiences as well as to ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge. Our aim is for the children to become confident, coherent speakers who can engage in discussions, debates and dramatic performances controlling their speaking and listening consciously.