The foundation which underlies our children’s experiences at Carclaze, and future success in life, is the development of their English language skills. At Carclaze we have an English curriculum which centres upon exposure to high quality texts, builds a love of reading and provides the early experiences needed to enable every child to become a confident reader and writer. We aim for our pupils to develop confidence in speaking and listening, and a love of language, which they then transfer confidently into their reading and writing.
In reading, we teach the National Curriculum progressively, with daily access to high quality texts, to teach the required skills and foster a love of reading. We also place a high value on developing the vocabulary needed to flourish with reading in all contexts.
In writing, we teach the National Curriculum in a way that is structured and progressive, giving children varied opportunities to apply their writing skills.
Our curriculum is driven by high quality texts and novels, which the children enjoy and study in order to develop their skills in reading and writing. Our novel study curriculum is based on our belief that reading and writing are inextricably linked, and that developing a passion for literature and language is a prerequisite to achieving in English.
Through the exposure to, and teaching of, the vocabulary embedded within our novel study curriculum, we aim to meet the needs of all learners, to ensure that every child is taught and has access to the vocabulary they need to achieve. Our staff are passionate about developing children’s love of reading, and are enabled to share their enthusiasm through their novel studies and by supporting children’s wider reading. We believe that there is no greater privilege than sharing the worlds found in literature with children.
Our novel study curriculum also aims to support children’s development beyond the English curriculum: the opportunities for deep exploration of complex issues, which provide a safe vehicle to discuss values, empathise with others and understand their own feelings. The range of novels covered throughout the children’s primary experience ensure that every child will experience stories, ideas and feelings, which leave an impression on them.
English curriculum - Implementation
- Children will be taught the full range of phonics knowledge, and word reading skills required, systematically through daily teaching of the Read Write Inc. (RWI) programme in EYFS and KS1.
- Children will take home reading books matched to their RWI assessment to allow them to practise reading in order to progress.
- Children developing this knowledge will also develop their wider reading skills, such as comprehending and responding, through the novel study curriculum.
- In addition to RWI, children will be taught the National Curriculum for reading through their novel study, using whole class reading lessons.
Children with language deficits on entry to foundation stage receive targeted support, through the Nuffield Early Language Intervention, to develop their language skills so they are not held back in learning to read.
Those who find it difficult to learn to read will be supported through the following interventions, with additional provision made for some individual needs:
- EYFS/KS1 - RWI rapid catch up
- Year 3—Project X
- Year 4—Code X
- Year 5/6—RWI Fresh Start
These interventions are often in addition to 1-1 additional reading time, and group comprehension sessions, for those finding learning to read challenging.
The National Curriculum will be taught through: RWI, spelling, handwriting, novel study lessons and through applying English skills in the wider curriculum.
- Children will learn to spell words correctly in RWI.
- Children will be taught handwriting in handwriting sessions in every year group.
- Teaching of grammatical concepts will usually be woven in with the novel study teaching, with other elements being taught discretely as necessary.
- Children will be taught using models from a range of high quality texts, to develop vocabulary, write for a range of purposes and compose their own writing using these skills.