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.