English

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English

The curriculum design nurtures pupils who read easily, fluently and with enjoyment and depth of understanding. Pupils also progress into effective, not formulaic writers as they learn about how writers use language and words to impact on the reader and use them as models for their own writing.

High-quality and rich texts underpin our English curriculum and are at the heart of nurturing a love for reading in our pupils and purposeful writers.

Through language and literature, we value and celebrate diversity and encourage pupils to develop knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live.

At Starbank, shared reading, guided reading, individual reading and independent reading is integrated to create a comprehensive and cohesive reading curriculum to develop enthusiastic, autonomous and perceptive readers

A range of reading schemes are used to support early readers as well as guided reading. Once pupils are confident readers, we encourage teachers to use a range of quality to texts to teaching reading skills.

We believe that grammar is most effective when taught in the context of reading and writing and supported by discrete sessions. Therefore, alongside discrete grammar sessions from Y2 to Y6, teaching and learning of grammar is planned into the English teaching and learning sequence within meaningful contexts.

We recognise the importance of spelling to support our pupils to become fluent and effective writers. In Reception and KS1, children are taught to blend sounds to read and segment to spell through daily phonics sessions using the Letter and Sounds guidance. At the same time they learn words which are not phonically regular (common exception words).

In Y2 and KS2 the pupils build upon their phonic knowledge to help them to understand spelling rules and patterns introduced which are then continually practised. We teach pupils to use their growing understanding of the morphology and etymology of words to support their spelling.

 

English Curriculum Map

Year 1

Autumn 1
Narrative transition unit
Poetry – senses
Autumn 2
Narrative – stories based on a theme
Recount
Spring 1
Information texts
Narrative – traditional and fairy tales
Spring 2
Instructions
Narrative – stories with a familiar setting
Poetry – around the world
Summer 1
Poetry – around the world
Narrative – stories from a range of cultures
Summer 2
Narrative – fantasy worlds
Information texts

Year 2

Autumn 1
Narrative – stories with a familiar setting
Diary writing
Autumn 2
Explanation texts
Poetry
Spring 1
Narrative – traditional tales
Letters and postcards
Spring 2
Narrative – stories by the same author
Recount
Summer 1
Narrative
Significant authors
Summer 2
Non-chronological reports/information texts
Poetry – patterns on a page

Year 3

Autumn 1
Narrative – stories with a familiar setting
Instruction texts
Autumn 2
Information texts
Poetry – to perform
Spring 1
Narrative
Fables, myths and legends
Spring 2
Narrative – adventure and mystery
Authors and letters
Summer 1
Authors and letters
Authors and letters
Summer 2
Non-fiction reports
Dialogue and plays

Poetry – shape and calligrams

Year 4

Autumn 1
Narrative – stories with issues and dilemmas
Poetry – exploring form
Autumn 2
Narrative – stories from other cultures
Explanation texts
Spring 1
Narrative – Stories with historical settings
Recount
Spring 2
Recount
Persuasive texts
Summer 1
Narrative
Stories set in imaginary worlds
Summer 2
Plays and scripts
Poetry

Year 5

Autumn 1
Narrative – stories from different cultures
Speeches
Autumn 2
Narrative – stories from significant authors
Persuasive texts
Spring 1
Classic/narrative poetry
Reports
Spring 2
Narrative – older literature
Dramatic conventions
Summer 1
Dramatic conventions
Film narrative
Summer 2
Narrative – traditional stories, myths and legends
Explanation texts

Year 6

Autumn 1
Narrative – stories with historical settings
Diary writing
Autumn 2
Biography
Journalistic texts

Poetry – power of imagery

Spring 1
Narrative and plays
Soliloquy
Spring 2
Narrative – adventure stories
Non-chronological report
Summer 1
Revision of taught skills
Revision of taught skills
Summer 2
Poetry – finding a voice
Authors and letters