The aim of the school’s English policy is to enable all pupils to develop to the full their ability to use and understand English. Daily lessons focus on the skills required for the many aspects of reading, writing, speaking & listening. Those skills are also extended and applied across the curriculum.
The school encourages children to be confident in oral work within group discussions, in front of the class and when addressing the whole school as in class assemblies. It also encourages children to listen and to have due regard for other people's views and opinions. Drama is used to develop role play, convey stories and explore characters and issues. Some of this work may be developed further for class assemblies or school productions.
As a school, we work hard to develop positive attitudes towards reading so that it is a pleasurable and meaningful activity. Children engage with and respond to a wide range of text types whilst increasing their level of accuracy, fluency and understanding. Reading is taught across the curriculum. Children are expected to take reading books home every day for extra practice with parents.
Children are also encouraged to develop confidence and competence in written language, with necessary emphasis being placed on correct spelling, punctuation and grammar. They are taught to write in a variety of genres, showing awareness of audience and purpose. Spelling lists are given to all year groups to learn at home and are tested. Strict attention is paid to the presentation of work including handwriting.
|YEAR A - English Units|
|AUTUMN||Lower School||Fiction: Stories set in different cultures 'Gregory Cool; Contemporary fiction
Non-fiction: Recounts linked to summer break;
Poetry: Using imagery, metaphor & simile
|Upper School||Fiction: Ancient Greek Myths & Fables
Non-fiction: Holiday recount; School trip recount; Information texts and Newspaper reports linked to topic; Biography of famous scientists
Poetry:War poetry linked to Remembrance Day;
|SPRING||Lower School||Fiction: Classic fiction -'Oliver Twist
Non-fiction: Thank you letters; recounts linked to Christmas
Poetry: Classical poetry & performing poetry (From a Railway Carriage)
|Upper School||Fiction: Classic Texts - A Study of 'Call of the Wild' by Jack London
Non-fiction: Holiday recounts; Thank you letters; Cross-curricular writing linked to Robinwood, science and geography;
Poetry: A study of poems by Charles Causley
|SUMMER||Lower School||Fiction: Classic fiction -'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'
Non-fiction: Persuasive Writing and newspaper reports
Poetry: Investigating poetry form - rhyming couplets, acrostics
|Upper School||Fiction: Modern Texts - A Study of 'Skellig' by David Almond; Story writing; Revision|
Non-fiction: Written arguments; Tenner project - letters, adverts, evaluations, instructions; Revision
Poetry: Poetry form (haiku, kenning, cinquain etc)
|YEAR B - English Units|
|AUTUMN||Lower School||Fiction: Anthony Browne stories – descriptive writing, narrative, diary entries, letter writing, comparison;
Non-fiction: Recounts; Formal letters; Biography;
Poetry: Shape poetry on a Christmas theme
|Upper School||Fiction: Macbeth – re-telling, poetry, descriptive fight scene, diary writing; Contemporary fiction – Roald Dahl – scene writing, descriptive writing, conversational writing, short story, nonsense dream, |
Non-fiction: Recount writing – summer break; Report writing – Copernicus; Non-chronological report – aspect of space (linked to science), life of a Roman;
Poetry:Banquo’s ghost & witch’s spells;
|SPRING||Lower School||Fiction:Fairy tales – writing the narrative as a play, performance from scripts
Non-fiction: Recounts and letter writing; Instructions (cross-curricular)
|Upper School||Fiction:Classical fiction: Beowulf – short stories, fight scene, descriptive writing; Contemporary fiction - Ghost stories (Young Writers’ competition entry) and short story writing (500 word competition)
Non-fiction: Recounts and Letter writing – Christmas, complaints, thank you letters, persuasive letters;
|SUMMER||Lower School||Fiction:The Iron Man – descriptive writing, diary entries, letter writing, newspaper reports, arguments, interviews
Non-fiction: Information writing (Brazil)
Poetry: Classic poetry - The Highway man
|Upper School||Fiction: Eye of the Wolf – poetry, action scene; descriptive writing; Revision|
Non-fiction: Report writing (Aristotle); letter writing (Ulverston topic); balanced and one-sided arguments (Ulverston topic); recounts (Ulverston topic); Revision;
Poetry: Classic poetry - The Lady of Shalott;