English at Etwall Primary School
Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects. A strong command of the spoken and written word, fluent reading skills and a love of literature are key to successful learning across the curriculum, in the primary years and beyond.
At Etwall Primary School we develop these key skills in our pupils on their journey from EYFS to Year 6, through our English curriculum. We aim to foster in children a love of literacy and an understanding that success in this subject area will serve them well in adult life as well as in their years of education.
Intent, Implementation and Impact
Through our English curriculum we aim to develop children's reading, writing and speaking and listening skills, so that they can apply these skills effectively to their learning across the curriculum.
Below is our Intent, Implementation and Impact statement.
Whole school English curriculum
At Etwall Primary School we follow the National Curriculum objectives and the EYFS Statutory Framework to teach reading from reception - Year 6. We teach word reading and comprehension skills through guided reading, shared reading, quality whole class texts and individual reading.
In our English lessons, we follow the Talk for Writing structure. To plan our lessons, we use Pie Corbett's Talk for Writing Progression for Writing document, which outlines the progression in writing skills across the year groups from EYFS to Year 6. Included in this is the grammar and punctuation skills that children will develop, and their related terminology. It is used alongside the National Curriculum and EYFS statutory framework.
We use English Appendix 1 of the National Curriculum to teach the appropriate spelling objectives in Years 1-6. In EYFS and KS1 we follow Letters and Sounds to teach phonics.
To teach handwriting, we use the Nelson Handwriting Scheme from reception - Y2. In KS2, handwriting is taught alongside spelling objectives, with the weekly spelling pattern used to practise the joins with the letter string being taught.
Please see below our English Policy.
At Etwall Primary School we hold annual 'Learning Together' events to share with parents how they can support their child's learning at home.
In EYFS we hold phonics, reading and writing workshops. In KS1 we hold phonics and reading workshops, and in KS2 we hold reading and spelling workshops.
Weekly phonics and spelling objectives are shared with parents across the school and we also share with parents their child's termly writing targets, so they are aware what they are working on in class, and can further support them with this at home.
Below are some documents which have been shared at these events, and which you may find useful in supporting your child at home in these areas.
Websites used to support learning
To support our children in their learning, we subscribe to the following websites, which children use at home and in school.
On Bug Club, teachers can set pupils books to read based on their phonics ability. The children read the books and do activities based on them, to check their understanding of the phonemes in the book and also their comprehension skills. Log in details for this are kept in children's learning journals.
On Spelling Shed, teachers upload the weekly spelling/phonics list and pupils play a game to help them to learn the words. Log in details for this are kept in children's learning journals.
Accelerated Reader (used in school only)
On Accelerated Reader, pupils do a book quiz whenever they have finished reading a book. This checks their comprehension of the book and their understanding of the vocabulary they have read. Log in details for this are kept in children's learning journals.
Grammar, vocabulary and spelling - terminology
In their English lessons, children will come across a range of terminology that you might not know the meaning of, because you may not have heard it since you were at school yourselves!
In reception class this is often linked to phonics, and in Keys Stages 1 and 2, it is often linked to grammar and punctuation.
The below Glossary for the Programme of Study for English, taken from the National Curriculum, contains a list of terminology and its definitions, which you may find useful in helping your child with their school work.
Every year, we try to provide reading and writing enrichment opportunities for children, as we believe it is important to encourage a love of reading and writing.
Three times a year, we select a whole school picture book to use for a week, and we immerse ourselves in the book and produce some written work and art work which we display in our classrooms. Recent books used for these themed weeks include Journey by Aaron Becker, Dear Teacher by Amy Husband and An Atlas of Imaginary Places by Mia Cassany.
Every year we celebrate Book Week. We usually use a whole school picture book, or books by the same author, to enjoy over the course of the week and we produce writing and art work around this book. We also share other stories every day during book week and children bring in their favourite books from home to share with others. We enjoy dressing up as a favourite character from a book on World Book Day, and we also enjoy an author visit to share stories with us.
Twice a year we enjoy a visiting book fare. Children pick out new books with their parents and with the commission made, we buy new books to go in our school library or on the class book shelves.
Every year we try to arrange visits to the local library, to encourage children to join the library and to take advantage of the range of books on offer there. This has become more difficult recently due to the reduction in library opening hours, but we still try and fit it in!
Every year we take part in the Summer Reading Challenge at our local library. Many of our children participate in this over the summer holidays, and we always have a lovely assembly in September when children are awarded their medals for all of the books they have read!
At Etwall Primary School we enjoy Book Swap Friday, once every half term. This is where children can bring a book/books to school that they have finished reading, and swap it with a book/books that another child has brought in. This allows children the chance to recommend books to each other and to read a new book!
We also have First News delivered every week to KS2 classrooms. The children enjoy reading these newspapers and they look forward to them arriving!
This year some of our children took part in a Derby Book Festival Flash Fiction Competition. They had to write a short story of 50 words only, on the theme of 'Home'. We look forward to seeing if one of our pupils wins!
Some of the children also took part in the Charles Causley Young People's poetry competition, where they had to write a poem on the theme of 'Environment'. Again, we are keeping our fingers crossed that one of our pupils will be the winning entrant!
As with all other state run primary schools, children are assessed in the cores subject areas of maths and English at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2, and at the end of Year 1 they are assessed on their progress in phonics; this is called the Phonics Check.
Please find below the most recent information sheet that has been produced by the government about these for parents, and also a link containing information about the Phonics Check.