Welcome to English at Chesswood
Reading and writing, speaking and listening are life skills. It is through language that we explore, organise and make sense of our experiences. The way children understand and use language is crucial to their social and academic development and will affect all aspects of their life - at home, at school and in the wider world. No other area is as truly cross-curricular as language.
With this in mind, English is developed through reading, writing, speaking and listening, both across the curriculum and as a subject in its own right, ensuring there is opportunity to demonstrate high level literacy across all subjects. Developing language skills in a wide variety of situations with a diversity of audiences is the cornerstone upon which our English teaching is based. Our aim is to produce experienced and confident communicators: children who are able to sensitively select the most appropriate and effective means of communication from a wide variety of knowledge, skills, styles and techniques. At Chesswood, we aim to catch children's enthusiasm, engage their curiosity and use it in their understanding of the English language.
Below are examples of writing from across the curriculum at Chesswood. Please use the menu to the left to view the curriculum and explore ways of supporting reading and writing.
English is at the core of all aspects of learning at Chesswood and we will equip children with the ability to develop as effective communicators through developing spoken and written skills. Reading and literature is central to the acquisition of knowledge and developing a love of reading, whether through embedding quality texts in writing, shared/guided reading or independent skills is key. Purpose and audience are central to effective writing and children will be given meaningful reasons to write through which they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others.
In line with the whole school curriculum policy, the following drivers and principles underpin everything we do in English.
Life Opportunities Creativity, Confidence, Competence
Real & Relevant
English is a key life skill and it underpins access to all learning areas. At Chesswood we aim to develop fluency confident readers that can access a wide range of written material. Our goal of fostering a love of reading which will form the critical foundations through their academic life and on into adulthood. Competent writers are able to communicate with others stimulating action or interest from the reader. In order to achieve this, child must be competent in the core skills of text and grammatical structure, spelling, tone presentation and an awareness of audience. At Chesswood, we are an integral part of the journey towards becoming competent writers who will be able to present themselves effectively and coherently to the necessary audiences in later life.
Creativity Confidence Competence
The English curriculum seeks to build knowledge upon knowledge and skills upon skills, sequencing progression through the school. This seeks to embed competence and confidence within the subject by focusing on core aspects children must achieve to be able to progress. Through metacognition, children will become self-regulated learners aware of their strengths and areas of development. Children will be engaged in exciting writing opportunities, often with cross-curricular links in which they can explore genres and rehearse skills.
Children will access the best of what has been thought and said through immersion in classic and high-quality contemporary literature across fiction and non-fiction genres.
Whilst on the Chesswood learning journey, children will access a carefully planned balance between genres: narrative, information, persuasion and discussion. Throughout a writing sequence a balanced range of activities will be offered to children: exploring rich texts; rehearsing technical grammar skill; spelling rules and repartition; short burst writing; planning ideas; drafting writing; editing and proof reading and reasoning for writing.
Whilst making links to various other subjects, the place and importance of English is the core focus. Knowledge, skills, concepts and vocabulary in reading and writing are coherently planned and sequenced progressively. There is clarity about what getting better at the subject means with the use of bespoke targets and opportunities to reflect, explain and justify choices.
Real and Relevant
English is rooted in real and relevant experiences for children. Within reading and writing, the core focus is on the application of taught skills and their relevance beyond the school gates. That reading and writing experiences are linked to events and experiences in the real world, both historically and currently, is central to the planning of the subject.
The English curriculum seeks to sequence knowledge effectively, ensuring that children have a good understanding of the key skills:
- Reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension
- Writing process, grammar, spelling,
These are delivered through a coherent and progressive structure as they move through the school with frequent opportunities to review and refine previous learning.
The English curriculum seeks to introduce children to the best of what has been thought and said, through exploration of rich texts and inspiration authors and stimuli, linking to key individuals historically and currently. Learning opportunities are chosen specifically to stretch children’s literacy development, with a key focus on technical skills, knowledge and application in a range of contexts.
The English curriculum is constructed in a way that is ambitious and designed to give all learners, particularly the most disadvantaged and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) or high needs, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Units have been designed to support the development of key literacy skills which can be used by all pupils in everyday life. Lessons are designed to scaffold learners appropriately so they can achieve success, with this scaffolding scaled back as they grow in knowledge, skills, confidence and independence
english long term plan
Following on from the Saxons, year 4 looked at the Viking's struggle for England through history. Using this knowledge, pupils wrote a guide to the Vikings using a range of sentence structures, including multi-clause sentences with fronted adverbials and conjunctions.
Unit: Persuasive Letter WRITING
In this unit, pupils explore a range of devices to create atmosphere in their writing. They contrasted the bleak terror of Grendel's lair with the warmth and comfort of Heorot, the mead hall.
At the end of the writing process, pupil's critically reflect on their work and give reasons for the choices they have made.
UnIT: Egyptian mummification
As part of the Egyptian topic, pupil's learnt about the importance of mummification and an Egyptian high priestess demonstrated how to mummify a fish. The pupils then wrote their own instructions for a fact book.