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.
At St. Christopher’s we aim to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. Pupils will be given opportunities to develop their use, knowledge and understanding of spoken and written English within a broad and balanced curriculum with opportunities to consolidate and reinforce taught English skills.
Pupils at St. Christopher’s will leave Year 6:
The new English programme of study (2014) is based on 4 areas:
The new National Curriculum is divided into 3 stages:-key stage 1 (years 1 and 2), Lower key stage 2 (years 3 and 4) and upper key stage 2 (years 5 and 6).
By the end of each stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes in the relevant programme of study.
In the Foundation stage children are given opportunities to:
At Key Stage 1 children learn to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say. They learn to read and write independently and with enthusiasm. They learn to use language to explore their own experiences and imaginary worlds. Children are given opportunities to speak and listen throughout all subject areas.
At Key Stage 2 children learn to change the way they write to suit different situations, purposes and audiences. They read a range of texts and respond to different layers of meaning in them.
Some of our year 4 children had a great opportunity to work with a local poet organised by the ‘Writing on the Wall’ team. They wrote amazing poems based around the theme I know, I wish, I will. These poems were performed in our first Poetry Slam in front of an audience of parents and pupils. It was a great success. All of the poems will be entered into the Wowfest competition. Hopefully we will have a winning group who will perform their poem at London’s Criterion Theatre in March.