At Sunny Bank Primary School, we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We expect that pupils take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. We inspire pupils to write with a clear audience and purpose shared, linked to a core text. We aim for all pupils to use discussion to communicate effectively, articulating their ideas whilst challenging and expanding on the ideas of others.
Pupils need to develop a secure knowledge base in English, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. The skills which will be acquired at Sunny Bank aim to ensure that pupils are equipped with the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.
These aims are embedded across our English lessons and the wider curriculum. We have a rigorous and well-organised English curriculum and framework, that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion; high-quality texts and a vocabulary-rich environment are the foundations of this. Teachers ensure that ‘links’ are made throughout their daily practice and pupils have the opportunity to ‘orally rehearse’, review prior learning and build on what they already know. The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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.
The intended impact for pupils at Sunny Bank Primary is clear: progress, sustained learning and transferrable skills. With the implementation of the writing journey being well-established and taught thoroughly across school, children become confident writers. Pupils will move through school with growing knowledge to be able to focus on creativity, writer’s craft, sustained writing and manipulation of grammar and punctuation skills. By the time pupils leave Sunny Bank Primary School, we aspire for them to be fluent, confident and able readers who have a thirst for reading. They are able to use their reading skills to unlock areas of the curriculum and communicate to a wider audience.