Vision and Implementation
At Manor Field Junior School, we believe that our children learn best when English is taught through an integrated, cross-curricular approach, where learning opportunities are carefully planned to meet the needs of our pupils, so that they are motivated by – and engaged in – their learning.
Our contextualised curriculum provides the children with a range of opportunities to communicate their ideas in a variety of ways, and with different intentions. Our English lessons are based on a series of engaging and motivating stimuli: these enable the children to form and develop their own views and opinions, which they can convey effectively through their writing, as well as through Speaking and Listening.
Throughout their learning, children are provided with numerous opportunities to apply their reading skills and to develop as ‘readers’. We believe that children should develop a love of, and enjoyment for, reading for pleasure. Through book assemblies, children’s knowledge of different authors and genres is developed so that they can expand their personal reading repertoire.
Our cross-curricular approach to learning enables children to practise their key reading skills in all subjects, as well as just through English and ‘reading’ lessons alone. Throughout all projects, and through our regular, high-quality ‘Book Studies’, there are opportunities for children to be engaged as ‘readers’ in different contexts. Texts develop the children’s inference and deduction skills, enabling them to understand and engage with what they have read and make links.
Drama, book studies and visitors are used to enhance the children’s writing, through providing them with opportunities to explore emotions and motives of characters – either from fiction or linked to the project. The essential skills of grammar and spelling are taught in an engaging and contextual way, so that children become confident to use and apply them in their written work. The children are taught the skills of editing and improving, with regards to both secretarial features, and whether their writing meets the intentions.
Positive, regular feedback is given to children: all children take an active role in assessing and improving their own work, as well as that of their peers.
Our aim is for children at Manor Field to:
· Understand the intentions of, and audience for, their writing, writing for pleasure and utilising learnt grammar and spelling strategies;
· See themselves as ‘readers’, who are able to infer and deduce from a wide range of texts, broadening their vocabulary and making comparisons;
· Edit and improve their work, with regards to secretarial features.
English Overviews: Autumn 1
Working alongside the School Library Service, and in view of our current school improvement priority, the reading overviews are currently under review.