English is taught as a discrete subject daily but also features across the creative curriculum. We promote cross-curricular writing and celebrate our best pieces through our termly ‘Write Away’ display board. Big Write takes place every week and is used to showcase, support and challenge children in writing a variety of genres e.g. stories, poetry, recounts, explanation texts, etc. Guided Writing is used by all our staff to scaffold and challenge all learners to improve their writing. A structured phonics and spelling programme is used to teach patterns and rules of spelling.
We also uphold a structured handwriting policy which consistently sees children from Reception to Year 6 joining their writing. Our children earn pen licences from Year 2 onwards in recognition of a joined and neat writing style in accordance to our handwriting policy. We provide regular sessions focusing on grammar as part of our English lessons. The high standards expected in English are continually reinforced across the curriculum.
We challenge our More-Able learners further through timetabled More-Able and Talented English sessions and through a differentiated, personalised teaching and learning programme. We provide key interventions to support and challenge pupils with English as an Additional Language [EAL]. Support is planned and delivered by an identified Teaching Assistant specialising in delivering programmes to meet the specific needs of our EAL pupils.