The English curriculum
English at Rolls Crescent
Our intent for each of our children is based upon the need for them to enter the world of work as articulate and literate individuals with a strong love of reading and writing. We recognise the responsibility to send children to secondary school having mastered the key skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing. We want our children to be resilient readers and writers with an ambitious curiosity about language and vocabulary.
Children are given opportunities to develop their confidence with spoken language directed to a variety of audiences through a range of activities across the curriculum including drama, assemblies, P4C, performance poetry and different types of class discussion.
For our children, competence in reading is the key to independent learning and has a direct effect on progress in all other areas of the curriculum. We want our children to be ‘readers for meaning’, not just children who can read. We will ensure that all children have equal access to the curriculum, regardless of gender, race, religion or ability.
Children with specific reading, speech and language or hearing difficulties will be identified and supported through support programmes in school and external help will be sought when necessary. Reading is inclusive for all pupils regardless of starting point and barriers.
The writing curriculum at Rolls Crescent uses a proven methodology built around ambitious texts and units of work which develop vocabulary, speaking and listening, reading and writing skills through a mastery approach. Grammar and reading is embedded within each unit of work. Children are taught to write for different purposes and audiences and to refine their writing through editing and revision of their work.
Phonics and Spelling
We have adopted the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics approach. We have chosen to teach letters and sounds to enable children to:
- Develop spoken language skills
- Recognise graphemes and corresponding phonemes
- Decode and blend for reading
- Encode for spelling
- Develop recognition of familiar words on sight.
From Year 2 upwards, children are taught spellings from the national curriculum. As an inclusive school we also value the teaching of other reading, writing and spelling strategies to suit differing learning styles.