English

Intent

At Greenvale we believe that a quality Literacy curriculum should develop children’s understanding of reading, writing and language. This is why we provide a well organised English curriculum that creates many purposeful links for reading, writing and performance. Our curriculum closely follows the aims of the National Curriculum for English 2014 to enable all children to:

● read easily, fluently and with good understanding
● develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
● acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
● appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
● 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; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
● are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

These aims are embedded across our literacy lessons and the wider curriculum. We strive to provide a secure knowledge-base in Literacy, following a clear pathway of progression and genres as they advance through the primary curriculum. Careful assessment and review ensure the provision of targeted support so that all children experience success in literacy. We believe these skills are crucial to a high quality education overall and our primary goal is to provide our children with the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.

Vocabulary

At Greenvale we believe one of the greatest barriers to learning and social mobility, is the acquisition and use of quality Tier 2 vocabulary.  For this reason, each week in every class, children are given opportunities to learn new subject specific or class novel related vocabulary.  These words are placed within a context the children are familiar with and meaningful links are made to words they already know.  Ideas of patterns in words and a deeper understanding of pronunciation, origin and usage are explored.  In this way, the children get to explore word meanings and apply them to their written work.

Our experience shows us that children love learning new words and are thrilled at using an expanding vocabulary, which ties in with our intention of creating a love of language and learning through meaningful links across our curriculum.