Coordinator: Nicolette Lewis
In English, we are continually aiming to raise the standards of achievement and attainment for all our pupils.
Northwold School follows the National curriculum in England, which has the overarching aim for English to promote high standards of language and literacy by ensuring pupils are equipped with a strong and secure command of the spoken and written word, and to enhance their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
Detailed guidance for the implementation of English across the school, in order to ensure continuity and progression in the teaching of English, is provided by the English co-ordinator; this is in the form of a MTP (Medium Term Planning) document and a series of staff meetings and workshops/training.
English is taught each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for 1 hour. It comprises of the following:
- Shared, guided and independent writing
- Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
- Speaking and listening (Spoken Language)
- On Thursday, each week, a 1.5 – 2 hour English session is timetabled for all pupils in Y1 – Y6 and is an extended writing session. The first hour is preparation, in which all adults inspire, teach, and provide resources and share a range of stimuli to prepare the children for extended writing. After play all pupils are expected to do a sustained piece of writing, using the information gained and resources prepared in the first session. Pupils should not be expected to write from memory but should use all resources provided – including spelling banks. During this session, adults should either be writing with a small group or carrying out 10-minute tutorial sessions with pupils on a 1:1 basis.
- Guided Reading, Spelling and Handwriting are timetabled to take place outside of the English hour and must be adhered to. Reading material, including home readers, are located in the language room between the middle and top floors. We have a fully refurbished library with a range of books to encourage pupils to read for pleasure and enjoyment.
- Class teachers teach spelling for the weekly spelling tests, which include strategies to help children learn the spelling. Teachers ensure that the statutory word lists from the English programmes of study form part of their planning for spelling.
- Parents are encouraged to support their children to practise spellings at home.
- Phonics is taught daily from Nursery to Year 2. Children in other year groups, who are identified as having gaps in their phonic skills, are also taught the necessary skills to help them make progress.