At TMA, English is at the heart of our curriculum and is designed to be engaging, challenging, inspiring and most of all, fun, for all our students. We fully follow the National Curriculum and ensure our personalised curriculum extends our children further than this. Within each year, children will have the opportunity to be transported into fantastical and imaginative worlds through our fictional coverage and enjoy learning historical facts and current issues through our non-fiction topics. In addition, all children will enjoy reading and performing a range of poetic forms and learn the language and grammatical skills to become competent and confident readers and writers. English lessons are based upon high quality, age-appropriate texts which will challenge the children’s thinking, expand their vocabulary and develop their questioning skills. All lessons are structured and tailored to meet the needs of all children so they can all reach their full potential.
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.
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.