Bewley

Primary School

Bright, Proud and Successful

English

Intent

At Bewley Primary we firmly believe that a high quality English curriculum should be at the centre of every child’s education.

We recognise that English proficiency is a key skill that is essential for all aspects of everyday life, both when we are young and for our futures. With this in mind, we will encourage children to foster a passion for English by preparing stimulating and exciting experiences based around high quality materials and opportunities for learning.

By providing high quality teaching and opportunities for literacy application across the breadth of the curriculum, we aim to mold competent, confident, enthusiastic and independent users of English who are equipped with the skills needed to communicate and participate effectively as a member in today’s ever-changing society.  

Therefore, we will:

During their time at Bewley Primary, we aim for all our children to:

Implementation

Writing Implementation

Opportunities for writing are planned across the curriculum and a variety of stimuli are used including the use of film, images, artefacts, school visits and WOW! experiences to spark children’s curiosity and imaginations.

All teachers model writing to a high standard, demonstrating purpose and effect, and use success criteria that is matched to year group National Curriculum objectives. Success criteria are shared with the children prior to independent work and these indicate how greater depth can be achieved and demonstrated using the ‘Must, Should, Could’ approach. These lessons cover knowledge and skills in writing, spelling and grammar, and discussion.

Children are taught to plan their work in a variety of ways and our marking and feedback cycle actively involves them in the editing and improving too. Children complete a piece of sustained writing regularly which helps to build up their writing stamina and speed.

At Bewley, we have adopted a cursive style of handwriting which concentrates on correct letter formation and the joining up of letters. We value, encourage and expect well-presented work on a daily basis across the curriculum.

After children have completed the Read, Write Inc. phonics programme and have a secure understanding sounding out words, usually by the Spring of Year 2, increased focus is given to the statutory spelling rules. Each year group has an additional list of common exception words from the National Curriculum appendices to learn that do not follow the standard spelling patterns and rules.

We use Spelling Shed to support our teaching of spelling and, when practising, children use a variety of methods to consolidate their understanding including the “Look, say, cover, write and check” method, word banks and dictionaries.

Impact

Over their time in school, our children develop into enthusiastic writers who enjoy showcasing their literacy knowledge and skills. They grow in confidence to take risks in their writing, and love to discuss and share their ideas. Our attainment trend at the end of EYFS, KS1 and KS2 sees us meeting or exceeding the local and national averages at each assessment point.

The impact of our curriculum is visible in:

Exciting and enjoyable experiences both in and out of school or virtually, which are memorable and inspire children in their work and wider lives.