English

English Curriculum Vision

An Evendons reader, writer & performer will have a rich and varied literary experience and an inspired appreciation of a range of cultures. They will take pride in their writing, develop the ability to write and speak clearly, adapt their language and style for a range of contexts and communicate their ideas, views and feelings with confidence. An Evendons reader will read for pleasure.

English Intent

At Evendons our English is Topic based with inspiration taken from real experiences in the form of visits, visitors, quality books, websites and film. We endeavour to give our children many experiences and encourage them to reflect upon these in writing.

We know that our children write best when they value and understand the purpose of the writing they are doing.  We celebrate their writing through publishing in the newsletter, the Wokingham Paper, sharing their writing on social media or on display, presenting or reading to audiences (classes or adults) or entering into competitions internally or externally.

Reading, creative writing, grammar and punctuation are interwoven throughout our English curriculum to provide meaning and context to the children’s learning. Shared reading and writing are used regularly as a strategy to teach and model all aspects of reading and writing and children are encouraged to work collaboratively. Technology is used to inspire, enhance and support the learning of English throughout the school. 

Every year group will cover a range of reading and writing genres and purposes. The long term plan is designed to ensure whole school coverage of both fiction and nonfiction text types;

Fiction

A variety of fiction texts are interwoven throughout our cross curricular teaching and children are encouraged to read widely and experience the styles and skills of a range of authors. We examine the writing skills and techniques of different authors and use these skills to inspire our own writing. The  children write for a range of purposes and by the end of KS2 can select their own genre to suit the purpose.  

Non fiction

Recounts and report writing link closely with the school’s vision that children will write from experience and for a purpose. Explanations and informative texts feature regularly in the plan as a link to our STEM curriculum. Communication is an important part of our English curriculum as we teach children the skills of letter writing and emailing to thank visitors, inform people or express viewpoints.  Other non fiction writing purposes reflect the audience and topic.

Poetry

Three aspects of poetry are addressed in each year group: vocabulary building,  structure (Haiku etc.)  and poetry appreciation, where children are given opportunities to read and respond to different poetry. Opportunities for performance and recital occur regularly throughout the year.

Debate

Each year, every child will take part in a debate where they consider a statement linked to a topic and discuss whether they agree or disagree with the statement, providing reasons for their argument. 

Reading 

A love of reading and reading for pleasure is at the core of our English curriculum. English lessons integrate all the English objectives and good quality texts are used to inspire and promote a culture of love for books. All year groups visit the library once a week to read and take home books as well as spend some time reading for pleasure. Each classroom has their own ‘mini-library’ which is regularly updated by the class teacher, the children and our librarian to ensure our children are regularly exposed to a variety of books to enjoy throughout the day.

 

By Katrina Salmon and Emma Barley

Evendons English Leads