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English

The English Curriculum at Applecroft:

 

English Curriculum Expectations:

 

Vision for English at Applecroft:

At Applecroft School we aim, where possible, to deliver the English curriculum through a thematic approach. Children will be given the opportunity to develop a love of literature and real books, encompassing fiction, non-fiction and poetry, including traditional and classic texts and through this, develop an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage. Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing. At Applecroft, we aim to develop pupil’s confidence and competence in spoken language and listening skills and give children the opportunity to participate in drama. Each term children will study an author in depth and will be read to regularly each week so that they experience whole books and texts that are beyond their own reading capacity.

 

Curriculum Aims and Objectives:

 

Phonics:

  • We follow Letters and Sounds as a school for our phonics scheme.
  • Children are taught to read through a variety of phonically decodable books.

Spoken Language & Communication:

  • To listen and respond appropriately to adults and peers
  • To ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge
  • To develop a wide and interesting vocabulary
  • To articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions
  • To communicate ideas, thoughts and emotions
  • To use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas
  • To speak fluently, with clarity and confidence and an increasing command of standard English
  • To participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates
  • To gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s)
  • To consider and evaluate different viewpoints, responding to the contributions of others
  • To select and use the appropriate voice for effective communication
  • To learn poetry by heart and to perform to an audience

Reading:

  • To foster a love of reading
  • To develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • To read fluently, accurately and with confidence
  • To pronounce words correctly
  • To read widely across both fiction and non-fiction
  • To understand texts – writer intention, form, context, audience
  • To use reading as a meaning of expanding existing knowledge and acquiring new knowledge
  • To have an understanding and appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage

Writing:

Spelling and Handwriting

  • To take pride in their work and present it neatly and legibly
  • To develop a fluent and legible handwriting style
  • To spell words correctly

Composition

  • To form ideas and plan effectively before writing
  • To use imaginative description and figurative language
  • To use a wide and interesting vocabulary to enhance writing
  • To punctuate writing accurately
  • To write with purpose and clarity for an intended audience
  • To organise writing appropriately and coherently
  • To use grammatically accurate sentences and paragraphs appropriately and coherently
  • To present writing in different forms; for different audiences and in different contexts
  • To evaluate, revise and edit writing

Analysis

  • To analyse and interpret writing
  • To use reading as research and preparation for writing

 

Curriculum Overviews:

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