Approaches to English
Our English curriculum is designed to develop greater links between all aspects of English i.e. Spoken Language, Reading & Writing. A quality text that underpins the overall topic is selected by the teacher every term or half term, and is at the heart of our English curriculum. Whilst providing a platform for the teaching of reading objectives, it also links explicitly to the teaching of writing. A quality text provides children with an excellent model and content for their own writing. Additionally, we interrogate model texts which provide our pupils with a precise understanding of the key features of different text types, including the formal structures of English, grammatical detail, punctuation and spelling. These specific skills are modelled and taught linked to the text type (where possible). All pupils are expected to plan, draft, write, edit and proof-read a piece of writing, incorporating all of the skills that they have learnt throughout a unit of work.
Opportunities for proof-reading and editing written work is planned and children are encouraged to take an increased responsibility for proof-reading for mistakes and editing their work, with the reader in mind, as they progress through the school. The use of working walls and success criteria support children in their writing, with levels of scaffolding reducing as the children move through an academic year, and through school. Teachers model clearly how to use tools such as success criteria and working walls, so that as children move through school, they are more independent in using these by themselves.
We ensure that throughout the journey through school, all pupils will engage with a wide variety of authors and genres, for example the works of Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Michael Morpurgo. (Please see below the English Units of Work Overview Documents for the texts and outcomes for each of our year groups).
At Crofton Junior School, our English curriculum promotes high standards of language and literacy which enables all of our pupils to communicate effectively and to appreciate the richness, magic and power of the written word. We endeavour to develop a life-long love of literature through our text-centred approach to teaching English and through widespread reading for enjoyment. Through this approach, and reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually, which is in-line with our overall curriculum drivers: Nurture, Respect, Inspire. We strongly believe that developing all of these skills through our English curriculum are essential, life-long skills that will equip our pupils for everyday life, both now and in the future.
We follow the Primary National Curriculum for all aspects of our English curriculum and we therefore aim to:
- recognise the need for all pupils to speak, read and write Standard English fluently and accurately while acknowledging that a pupil's own dialect, or other language is of prime importance;
- teach children to read easily, fluently and with good understanding, for both pleasure and to gain information;
- acquire a wide vocabulary that they can use to articulate their points of view and within their own writing;
-ensure that children master the basic skills of writing, including – grammar, spelling, handwriting and punctuation skills, so that they can communicate precisely and effectively and to liberate their creativity when writing;
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage through the texts that we immerse the children in;
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in, and for a range of, contexts, purposes and audiences;
- use discussion in order to learn; pupils should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas, so that they are competent in the arts of speaking and listening;
- progressively sequence English units of work, drawing and building upon prior knowledge and skills.
Outcomes in all books, but in particular English books, evidence units of English work which demonstrate high-quality learning in relation to both reading and writing objectives. Work in books reflects the journey that pupils undertake through the teaching of a unit of English work. The end product of the unit of work being a piece of writing, which includes: rich and purposeful vocabulary; a range of the relevant writing skills (appropriate to the year group) and the purpose of the writing should be clear through creative composition.
As children progress through school, the stimulus for units of work and the themes explored within these texts become more challenging and complex. Children’s ability to write for a range of purposes and for different audiences, using a wide range of purposeful writing skills and creativity, is evident across several pieces of work. Children have a high regard for the standards of English in all of their workbooks across the curriculum.
The impact of the curriculum is monitored through a combination of discussions with pupils and staff, scrutiny of workbooks, lesson observations and analysis of termly and end of year summative data, in order to provide a comprehensive understanding of the quality of the curriculum and highlight areas for further development. Furthermore, to ensure consistency and high expectations in standards across school, writing moderation takes place on a termly basis across all year groups.
Autumn Term Knowledge Organisers
Spring Term Knowledge Organisers
Summer Term Knowledge Organisers
Early Reading and Phonics
At Crofton Junior School, we view reading as an entitlement for all. Simply put, it is the key to academic success. We have ensured reading is at the heart of our curriculum so that pupils can see that reading is a transferrable skill which will benefit them in all areas of the curriculum. At CJS, pupils read within and outside of reading lessons through: reading for practice, reading for meaning and reading for pleasure (please refer to the Reading Policy and Quick Guides at the top of the page for further information).
At Crofton Junior School, if a pupil requires further support with segmenting and blending the sounds in words to read fluently then they will be involved in a short term phonics intervention called Little Wandle Rapid Catch-up or Little Wandle SEND.
If your child is involved in these interventions, then you will have been informed. Further support and information for parents can be found on the Little Wandle website.