Fairhouse Primary School

Respect and Success for All

English

At Fairhouse Primary School, the overarching aim for English is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. 


The aims of our English curriculum are to ensure that all pupils:


  • 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; and
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

  • Writing

    Our writing curriculum covers the following narrative and non-narrative text types: recount, persuasive writing, procedure, discussion, explanation, journalistic writing, description, scripts, story writing and poetry. Each text type is taught every year to enable progression across the key stage. Children identify and learn about the features of each text type and how to apply them to their writing. All stages of the writing process are taught: planning, writing, revising, editing and redrafting. Fairhouse writing progression documents detail age related skills and objectives for each unit as well as appropriate differentiation for those working above or below the expected level.  


    There is a strong emphasis placed on writing for an audience and applying the text type features and writing skills to other curriculum areas.  The school encourages a high standard of presentation in all of the children's work.

    Long term planning: Writing

    Theme
    Standard 1 
     Standard 2
    Standard 3
    Standard 4
    Standard 5
    Standard 6
    Classical Literature
    Storyboard

    Narrative


    Storyboard

    Narrative


    Diary (recount)

    Narrative


    Diary (recount)

    Narrative


    Discussion

    Narrative


    Explanation

    Narrative


    Invictus Games
    Non-chronological report

    Non-chronoligal report

    Non-chronoligal report 

    Non-chronoligal report

    Non-chronological report

    Non-chronoligal report

    Mystery
    Diary (recount)

    Diary (recount)

    Descriptive writing

    Letter (recount)

    Journalistic writing

    Descriptive narrative
    Christmas
    Letter



    Letter

    Description

    Letter

    Diary

    Letter

    Descriptive 
    narrative
    Letter

    Descriptive narrative
    Letter from different perspectives

    Poetry
    Sense poems


    Calligram


    Acrostic

    Kennings
    Haiku

    Cinquain
    Personification poetry

    Limericks
    Ballet

    Ode

    Fairy Tales
    Non-chronoligal report

    Narrative

    Non-chronoligal report

    Procedure

    Procedure

    Persuasive writing 


    Script

    Diary (recount)

    Diary (recount)

    Procedure


    Discussion

    Journalistic writing

    Shakespeare
    The Tempest

    Storyboard 

    Narrative

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Playscript 


    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Playscript 

    Discussion
    Macbeth

    Letter (recount)

    Discussion

    The Taming of the Shrew

    Letter (recount)

    Character study
    Hamlet

    Character study

    Narrative

     Robots
     Non-chronological report
     Narrative
     Descriptive narrative
     Procedure
     Explanation
     Writing portfolios
     Fantasy
     Narrative

    Diary (recount)
     Procedure

    Character description
     Descriptive narrative

    Procedure
     Descriptive narrative

    Interview 
     Descriptive narrative

    Explanation
     Narrative

    Interview

    Year group standards and text type progression features
    Click to view or download our writing long term plan with details of year group standards and text type progression features.

    M & M Theatre Productions performing 'A little princess'.

    Phonics

    We teach Read Write Inc Phonics in KS1 and for some children in KS2 aimed at creating fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers. Read Write Inc. is a complete literacy programme designed to get children writing and reading quickly. Rather than being taught in isolation, phonics is taught alongside reading and writing, encouraging children to use phonic knowledge in all areas of their learning. The children work in small groups at their own level and are assessed regularly to ensure that they are making rapid progress and ensuring that the sessions are suited to their ability.

    Phonics Screening Check

    Every child will undertake a statutory phonics screening check during Year 1.  The check is designed to assess whether children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. The check is carried out by the child's teacher who will administer the check individually to each child . The children are asked to decode a number of real and made up words and need to answer a given amount correctly.  If they do not reach the required standard, they will retake the check in Year 2.

     

    Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

    Long term planning: Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation
    Click to view or download the GPaS long term plan

    Spelling sessions are taught as a whole class, in small groups and/or individually for those children with SEN. Spelling is taught on a daily basis following the Oxford Owl 'Read Write Inc' Spelling scheme.  


    Grammar and punctuation lessons, cover all objectives in the National Curriculum. Children learn about language structure, Standard English, vocabulary and language strategies and punctuation. These skills are consistently used and applied in writing composition lessons. This 'Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Jargon Buster'  published by Oxford University Press, clearly explains the meaning of all aspects taught in the curriculum.


    As part of our English homework, children complete 'Education City' online learning.  This site covers a wide range of grammar, punctuation and spelling activities.  This can be accessed from the homework page of our website.

     

    Reading

    Reading is taught using a range of resources, strategies and texts. Children are provided with banded reading books to learn reading, decoding, phonic and contextual strategies.  All children have a reading book appropriate to their ability. Interventions are carried out in reading to ensure that children are making good progress and working towards age related expectations. 'Toe by Toe' reading intervention has proved very successful in upper school for struggling reading.  We encourage children to explore a range of texts, genres and authors and to read for enjoyment.


    Whole class ‘Reading for Meaning’ sessions teach the different comprehension skills to enable children to demonstrate an understanding of texts read. A range of genres and text types are used and each session has a specific focus, such as: inference, text structure and organisation, retrieval, language features and purpose and content.


    In regular ‘Listen Up’ sessions, children enjoy listening to a range of texts and discussing and commenting on them. These include: short stories, myths and legends, poetry, classic tales and children's novels.   'Listen Up'  sessions aim to to expose child to a range of authors and genres and to enrich vocabulary. Not only does it provide an enjoyment of books and reading, but it also encourages creativity in writing.


    As a school we subscribe to Bug Club, a fantastic online reading scheme. This can be accessed via the Bug Club link on our website homework page.

     
     

    Speaking and Listening

    Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak is vital for developing their vocabulary and grammar and their understanding for reading and writing.   Pupils’ confidence and competence in spoken language and listening skills are continually being developed throughout our English curriculum. They are given opportunities to explain their understanding of books and other reading, and to prepare their ideas before they write. 


    Have Your Say’ session take place each week to provide children with opportunities to discuss, debate and share ideas about different issues and topics. Children are encouraged to reflect on their own and others’ contributions.  As well as improving literacy, these sessions promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.  Children's contributions and opinions are listened to and valued. Children who are able to express themselves clearly, find it easier to organise their thoughts in writing.

     
                                                                                                                           *Further information about any of the subjects in our curriculum is available upon request.

    At Fairhouse Primary School, our curriculum has been developed following the National Curriculum guidelines.  Please click on the link below, to view the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in English.