Purpose of Study:
English has a significant role in education and in society, and is central to the learning journey. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others; through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Reading in particular gives pupils a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature plays a key role in the development of pupils learning. Reading enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society. As a school, we provide an English curriculum, which engages, inspires and challenges pupils learning, ensuring every child can succeed.
The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
§ To be able to read easily, fluently and with good understanding
§ To develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
§ To acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
§To be able to appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
§ To write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
§ To use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
§ To be competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
At Grange Junior School, English is taught, as a subject in its own right, following a clear progression across the key stage adhering to the National English Curriculum and Hampshire Model. English is a consistent thread in all subject areas, to ensure English skills are rehearsed and refined. As a school, we link our literacy curriculum to incorporate our broader curriculum, which provides our learners with rich and varied learning opportunities, enabling our pupils to become confident, enthusiastic and independent learners. Therefore, the knowledge and understanding of English are constantly built on throughout all curriculum areas and become more secure across the key stage. We provide children with real opportunities for speaking and listening (assemblies, school council, debates and performances), reading (shared reading across year groups, performances and assemblies) and writing (letters to governors, letters to government on pollution, letters to authors in addition to in class/school publications) all of these opportunities give the pupil’s learning a real purpose. We promote a positive attitude towards analysis, investigation and purpose; this enables the children to understand the value of English and puts it in to context for their future learning.
Grange Junior School's vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning and provide an environment which prepares pupils to be happy and confident citizens. We encourage children to develop personal qualities, such as responsibility, self-discipline, self-esteem and co-operation, thus equiping them for life in the future. Learning is fully supported to ensure they are included in all aspects of school life.