At Story Wood we follow the National Curriculum for English. The overarching aim for English is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
The programmes of study for writing at key stages 1 and 2 are as follows:
It is essential our teaching develops pupils’ competence in these 2 dimensions. In addition, pupils should be taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others.
It is our aim that, by the end of their primary education at Story Wood, all pupils have an established understanding of word structure, spelling structure and sentence structure, which can be applied in any subject with confidence. We refer to the English appendices 1 and 2 for SPaG contents and rules.
Robust vocabulary pedagogy is implemented as part of our approach to closing the word gap. The use of academic language is encouraged. Vocabulary is taught discretely to develop understanding before children are expected to contextualise it. Children are encouraged to expand their tier 2 vocabulary through reading and the use of thesauruses.
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Philosophy 4 Children (P4C) is an enquiry-based pedagogy, it develops multi-modal thinking and is applied as a strategy to close the word gap by developing children’s understanding of words. Like the National Curriculum, we recognise that good comprehension draws from linguistic knowledge. P4C starts in EYFS, lessons are facilitated in all year groups to support language development and contextualise vocabulary.