At Rainford CE we understand that good quality English is essential to enable us to participate fully as members of society. Knowledge and understanding of English enables us to share our thoughts, ideas and emotions with others and to learn from them in return. English therefore holds the central place within our curriculum. We aim to deliver a high-quality English curriculum that will enable pupils to communicate effectively with others through reading, writing, speaking and listening.
We understand that reading is the key that will unlock learning across the curriculum, enabling children to develop culturally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. For this reason, developing the ability to read well and to love reading is our highest priority. We believe it is the right of every children to learn to read but we also hope that our children will develop a deep love of reading that will stay will them as they go onto the next stage of their education.
Through discrete phonics sessions that follow Letters and Sounds, one-to-one reading with an adult and guided reading sessions, we teach our youngest children how to decode the written word, whilst building a greater understanding of comprehension as children develop through listening to books being read aloud, investigating them together in guided groups, or working together as a class on shared activities. Our phonics reading scheme is from 'Bug Club' which is a DfE approved scheme.
We develop greater understanding through detailed exploration of whole books, short texts, art work, videos and music, encouraging children to play an active role in the reading process. Staff are reading roles models who demonstrate and encourage a love for reading. Our older children also act as role models and enjoy reading with our youngest children
Children have access to a wide variety of reading materials through the school library and our younger children have the opportunity to enjoy decodable books at home with their parents (Bug Club). This is supplemented with Oxford Reading Tree books which are used for enjoyment in KS1. When children have achieved 'white' level in their reading, they move onto real books on our Accelerated Reader scheme. Through the use of Accelerated Reader, staff are able to more easily track the progress of children throughout the year, ensuring that each child is supported and challenged to read at their appropriate level, whilst also celebrating progress both in class and on a whole school level.
Children also enjoy visiting authors, book fairs and the carefully selected texts used in the teaching of English and across the curriculum.
At Rainford CE, we believe that all pupils should be able to confidently communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions through their writing. We want them to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. We believe that all pupils should be encouraged to take pride in the presentation of their writing, in part by developing a good, joined, handwriting style by the time they move to secondary school. We believe that all good writers refine and edit their writing over time, so we want children to develop independence in being able to identify their own areas for improvement in all pieces of writing, editing their work effectively during and after the writing process.
Spelling, punctuation and grammar forms an even more important role in the English curriculum than ever before. We believe that a secure understanding of these aspects is incredibly important to develop a true conceptual understanding of English. However, we also strongly believe that children are entitled to a rich, varied and stimulating learning experience and so our teaching of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar is embedded within our teaching of writing. Through careful planning from the very beginning of the year, we introduce new punctuation or grammar concepts when it is best placed to support children’s writing at that time, whilst spelling forms a constant and frequent part of our practice.
Our curriculum planning for Y1-Y6 is based on Pathways to Write scheme.