At Bishop Chavasse we believe that a high quality English curriculum should develop our children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We aim to inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage and a habit of reading widely and frequently. As a school 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 strive to inspire all children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and 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 literacy skills is crucial to a high quality education, which provides our children with the necessary tools they need to fulfill their potential throughout their school years and their life-long learning.
These aims are embedded across our literacy lessons and the wider curriculum. We have an English curriculum that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion. Teachers adapt the CLPE Power of Reading Scheme as appropriate to their classes, but also ensure that cross curricular links with concurrent topic work are woven into the program of study. Our curriculum closely follows the aims of the National Curriculum for English 2014.
The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
● read easily, fluently and with a 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; 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 literacy lessons, we use a wide variety of quality texts and resources to motivate and inspire our children. Our text rich learning environment ensures that our children are exposed to a library admired by all, as well as our additional reading facilities which promote reading for pleasure for the whole school community.
First and foremost, our pupils are given opportunities to explore and investigate the English language and its patterns through speaking and listening. As pupils move through EYFS and Key stage 1, they develop, consolidate and secure the skills needed to read, share, enjoy and interpret a wide variety of literature. This will continue as the school grows into Key Stage 2. Our pupils are taught challenging, age-appropriate content, due to our expectation that the vast majority of our pupils will achieve at least age-appropriate expectations at the end of each year and key stage. 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.