Our English Intent

English is at the heart of our curriculum and is designed to be challenging, inspiring and most of all, engaging, for all our pupils. We fully follow the National Curriculum and ensure our personalised curriculum extends our pupils further than this. Within each year, pupils will have the opportunity to access a wide range of different texts, both fiction and non-fiction as well as a variety of poetry forms, which builds upon previous knowledge of texts and genres. Through careful text selection the pupils learn historical and geographical facts, gain a breadth of past and current world issues as well as stories and ideas from different cultures and communities. These texts challenge the pupils’ thinking as well as expanding their vocabulary, beyond what they would use in every day speech, and developing their questioning skills. A key driver to our English curriculum is to instil a lifelong love of reading for all of our pupils.

The English curriculum gives plentiful opportunities for all children to advance their speaking, listening and performing skills. Grammar and spelling teaching is threaded throughout the English Curriculum and uses modelled examples of sentence structures and grammar use from the different texts. Throughout the whole curriculum there are many different opportunities for writing, allowing the pupils to experience writing for a wide range of audiences. Each writing opportunity has a clear purpose and voice that prepares the pupils for their future. During English lessons, a variety of teaching and learning strategies are used in order to model and support the reading and writing process to ensure the pupils have the tools for a future in which they will strive. All lessons are structured and tailored to meet the needs of all pupils so they can all reach their full potential.

High level and subject specific vocabulary is discussed and used though all English and wider curriculum lessons. Ambitious vocabulary is not only celebrated and used consistently through lessons but TMA pupils will challenge themselves and each other to ensure the best vocabulary is used and understood. This thirst for being the best we can be drives our English curriculum.

The Big Project  

Reading is key to being a successful learner in all subject areas and our ‘Big Project’ aims to encourage all children to be independent and critical readers who read for pleasure.  Reading is promoted across all subject areas, from art to History, and specific reading skills are taught through ‘reading’ pictures as well as understanding a range of text types.  Each week, a child from each class who has embraced our reading ethos will be rewarded with a ‘Big project’ certificate and will enter the ‘Big Project’ prize draw.  They will then have the chance to win exciting reading focused prizes.

Reading at home is paramount to reading success and children are encouraged to read in their spare time. Children have a vast range of high quality school books to choose to take home and enjoy and also have books allocated electronically through Bug Club.   Merits and rewards are given to those children who read regularly at home and actively seek understanding of any new vocabulary they encounter.

Our Pledge

As teachers, we have pledged to read for at least 10 minutes every day to share our enjoyment of books, expose children to a rich range of vocabulary and promote the love of reading. We have asked parents if they will support our pledge by doing the same- reading 10 minutes at home with their children for pure pleasure. Research has shown that by reading for 20 minutes every day a child would hear 1,800,000 words a year! We want all of our children to have expose to this vocabulary.