Welcome to the Featherstone Academy English Curriculum
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English is a core subject of the National Curriculum and a prerequisite for educational and social progress, as it underpins the work undertaken in all areas of the curriculum.
Our English curriculum is designed to ensure we carefully consider the starting points of our pupils in speaking, listening, reading and writing and build on their prior knowledge and skills. This in-depth knowledge of what our children know and where they need to go next, allows pupils to develop rapidly, ensuring they are able to speak and write fluently in order to communicate their ideas and emotions to others.
We strive for our children to develop their voice and are able to share their ideas with others. We ensure children are exposed to rich and varied vocabulary to help prepare them for life outside of their village. Through reading and well-chosen literature pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.
The aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The National Curriculum for English at Featherstone aims to ensure that all pupils:
· Read easily, fluently and with excellent understanding;
· Develop a love of the written word and enjoy reading for pleasure;
· Develop the habit of reading widely and often;
· 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 whilst having a common respect for others' opinions.
· Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
Spoken Language The National Curriculum for English reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically. Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing.
Staff at Featherstone Academy teach English through a thematic approach. This means that a book is used as a central stimulus for writing. Learning, which includes, newspaper reports, letters, discussions, narrative and diary entries, is based on the story being studied. Visual literacy techniques are encouraged within English as it engages all pupils and supports them with their writing. All pupils write every day, allowing them to develop and practise their writing skills. This is made up of lessons where children study the features of a key genre and have opportunity to edit and redraft their writing.
Each year group has a carefully selected selection of high-quality books from well-known authors to stimulate pupils.
Please click on the link to view our English texts overview.
All English lessons are differentiated to ensure all pupils access the learning at their specific level, but still giving all children the same curriculum diet. At Featherstone Academy, we believe that you are an author the moment that you start writing, not from the day that you sell your first book. This is evident within the rich writing opportunities that we consistently provide for our children in different areas of the curriculum.
Daily activities covering SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) are carried out at the start of each English lesson to enhance the children’s understanding of grammar. These concepts will link to the writing that the children are doing that week so that they get the chance to apply their learning and show their understanding.
Spelling is taught through Willows Spelling Scheme and ‘No-nonsense Spelling’. Spelling units and lessons include a range of activities that include teacher led, pair work and children working independently. The scheme is designed to be practical for the children before they apply the new skills they have learnt. Children are then sent home spellings weekly linking to what they have covered and tested the following week.
Handwriting is a real focus for us at Featherstone Academy. It is important that the children take pride in their work. Children complete daily handwriting tasks to make sure that their letter formation is correct and that their work is presented neatly.
Please click on the document below to view the spellings that your child should know by the end of each year group
Please find below, documents to support our teaching of English at Featherstone Academy:
To view our current Teaching Spelling document, please click here
To view our English Policy, please click here
To view our Vision for Reading, please click here
To view our Reading expectations, please click here
To view our Reading Progression Grids, please choose your child's year group:
To view Phonics, please click here
To view our Intent Statement, please click here
To view our Sentence Development document, please click here
To view examples of our handwriting scheme, please click here
To view our Writing Progression Grids, please choose your child's year group:
To view our grammar progression, please click here
To view our grammar genres and grammar suggestions, please click here
To view our grammar coverage, please choose your child's year group:
ENGLISH HOMEWORK SUPPORT
To view Homework Support Links, please click here