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Cloverlea Primary School

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English

English at Cloverlea

Intent

At Cloverlea Primary School we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop a child’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We aim to inspire children’s love of reading so that they read widely and often. Reading enables children to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.
At Cloverlea, we recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts.

We want to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and who can use discussion to communicate and further their learning.
We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in English, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. We believe that a secure basis in English skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.

 

Implementation

The aims within the National Curriculum are embedded into our daily English lessons and within our wider curriculum. Our English curriculum provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion. Teachers ensure that cross curricular links with topic work are woven into their teaching.

 

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.

 

In addition to daily English lessons, the children at Cloverlea enjoy different enhancements such as weekly reading sessions with their reading buddy, visits from the local library and participation in competitions such as World Book Day or designing stories in a shoe box. The children also enjoyed a visit from a local poet, who inspired them with their reading and writing of poetry.

 

Impact

As a result, we have a community of enthusiastic readers and writers who enjoy showcasing their developing literacy knowledge and skills. They are confident to take risks in their reading and writing, and love to discuss and share their ideas. Our attainment at the end of EYFS, KS1 and KS2 is above Local and National average. 
 

Enrichment

The above photographs show some of the enhancements of our English curriculum, namely;

Whole school visit from the poet Andy Tooze with our Year 3 and 4 children. KS2 World Book Day winners. Winning shoebox 'The Tiger Who Came to tea' designed by one of our Year 1 children. Our whole school display in the hall showing a range of books read in school. 

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