Curriculum Statement of Intent for English
Throughout their time at Wavertree Church of England school, the study of English develops the children’s ability to acquire and develop the skills and knowledge to allow them to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, and to read for meaning and enjoyment. While the work in English will be based on the 2014 National Curriculum, the children will develop and practise their skills and knowledge in all areas of the curriculum and in role-play and drama. Children are enabled to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry, and drama, as well as non-fiction and media texts.
The use of Literacy Tree from Year One to Six, offers pupils the opportunities to explore rich narrative, detailed prose and texts which highlight diversity and equality of lead characters. Children consider Authorial word choice and endeavor to widen their own vocabulary, linked to selected texts throughout each year group.
We have developed our central library facilities where children are able to borrow books to read at home or help with research for topic work. A child-friendly Dewey Decimal system prepares children for future library experiences as well as to organise books into clear and deliberate sections for reference. All our children can bring home suitable books to read at home to continue a love for reading and learning beyond the classroom.
READING AND PHONICS
Phonics and Reading is paramount at Wavertree Church of England Primary School. We believe that reading is essential to all areas of learning. If children cannot read, it is impossible for them to be successful in acquiring and processing information in the wider curriculum.
The school has adopted the Ruth Miskin Read, Write Inc. synthetics phonics programme. This programme is for pupils in Nursery to Year 2 who are learning to read and write, any pupils in Years 2, 3 and 4 who need to catch up rapidly and for struggling readers in Year 5 and 6 (Fresh start). Children will receive daily lessons and regular intervention, as necessary as cited in the Read, Write Inc policy.
Read Write Inc. Oxford Reading Tree and Treetops are the main reading schemes used throughout the school. In addition, for children who are fluent, accurate and able readers, there is a wide range of ‘free reading’ books which include modern and older classics.
Children will bring home reading books containing the sounds that they have already learned so that they feel successful as readers at home. This is vital to developing their self-belief and self-esteem as well as developing their enjoyment for reading alongside the decoding of words and phrases. Parents are encouraged to listen to their children read at home and to talk about books/read stories to their children.
Reading for Pleasure
All classes have reading areas that are well stocked with quality books from across many genres. These are age appropriate and promote reading for pleasure.
The school offers reading intervention for pupils who are not making expected progress or who find reading difficult. The main forms of reading intervention are: Read, Write, Inc, guided reading, one-to-one reading, and pre-reading of some texts for children at key stage two.