English Vision

At Gilbert Scott, we believe that a high-quality education in English will teach pupils to write and speak fluently so they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum.

We have a rigorous and well organised English curriculum that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion. Our curriculum closely follows the aims of the National Curriculum for English 2014 to enable all children to:

  • read easily, fluently and with 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; they should be 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

These aims are embedded across our literacy lessons and the wider curriculum.

English Intent

When our children leave Gilbert Scott we expect them to be avid readers, children who read fluently and widely and are able to express preferences and opinions about the texts that they read. We want them to read for pleasure, having had access to a wide range of text types, genres and authors in order for them to make informed opinions about their favourites. We want to produce children who write with confidence and accuracy for a variety of purposes and audiences whilst developing their own individual flair. We want our children to be able to write with grammatical accuracy and be able to apply spelling patterns correctly using a neat handwriting style. Our aim is to expose our children to a wide range of vocabulary so that they able to decipher new words and then use them when speaking both informally and formally. We also aim for our children to apply all of these English skills to all areas of the curriculum. Rigorous assessment and review will ensure that we are able to provide targeted support so that all children experience success in literacy; we believe that a secure basis in literacy skills is crucial to a high-quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.

Communication

At Gilbert Scott Primary School, communication is the key to the whole curriculum, therefore spoken language is developed across the whole curriculum. Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing. Opportunities are planned to develop spoken language and listening skills such asking and answering questions, using the conventions for discussion and debate as well as improvising and devising drama.

At Gilbert Scott we value the importance of developing pupils’ vocabulary. This is taught explicitly and when it arises naturally. Pupils are taught how to work out and clarify the meanings of unknown words through the root word and the context. Standard English is modelled and expected from pupils in their speaking and writing.

Knowledge / Understanding

Teachers develop pupils’ reading and writing in all subjects to support their acquisition of knowledge.

Pupils are taught to read fluently, understand extended prose, and be encouraged to read for pleasure.

The majority of our texts are linked to the topics taught.

Through both fiction and non-fiction texts to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading.

Pupils gain an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.

Skills

The skills learnt in English will help develop their reading and writing skills as well as communicators– a skill for life.

Pupils are taught to speedily work out the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding).

Pupils are taught to read fluently, understand extended prose and be encouraged to read for pleasure.

Pupils develop stamina and skills to write at length.

Sentence structure, grammar and punctuation are explicitly taught through reading and writing lessons and children apply their knowledge within fiction and non-fiction written tasks linked to the texts studied.

Pupils apply writing techniques to a range of genres.

Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.

Behaviours

Through reading, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.

Through reading and writing pupils can express their creativity and develop their imagination.

Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information .

Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.

Experience

World book day.

Theatre visits.

We provide a library facility and set ambitious expectations for reading at home.

In reading lessons, pupils are exposed to a broad and varied range of aspirational texts.

Author Visits.

Pantomime visits.

School play.