At Brampton Village Primary School we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We aim to inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage and a habit of reading widely and often. We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. We want to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and who can use discussion to communicate and further their learning.
We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in English, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. We believe that a secure basis of English skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.
Our aims are embedded across our English lessons and the wider curriculum. We have a well organised English curriculum that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion. Teachers plan for writing using the three phase system as appropriate to their classes, but also ensure that cross curricular links with concurrent topic work are woven into the programme of study. We use a wide variety of quality texts and resources to motivate and inspire our children. We invite authors and attend local competitions to inspire and enthuse the children. Our curriculum follows the aims of the National Curriculum for English 2014 and Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
listen attentively and respond to what they hear with relevant questions, comments and actions;
participate in small group, class and one-to-one discussions, offering their own ideas, using recently introduced vocabulary;
express their ideas and feelings about their experiences using full sentences, including use of past, present and future tenses and making use of conjunctions, with modelling and support from their teacher;
demonstrate understanding of what has been read to them by retelling stories and narratives using their own words and recently introduced vocabulary;
read aloud simple sentences and books that are consistent with their phonic knowledge, including some common exception words;
write recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed;
write simple phrases and sentences that can be read by others.
The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
read easily, fluently and with good understanding;
develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information;
acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language;
appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage;
write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences;
use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas;
are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
We use the validated DFE Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS) scheme to teach Phonics in Reception and KS1. In our pre-school children work on phase 1 and focus heavily on the skills of oral blending and segmenting.
The profile of reading in school is high and each classroom contains a high-quality reading area in which children can go and select and enjoy books which have been carefully selected to capture children’s interests. Story time is a key feature in every class where teachers enjoy reading to their classes. Children read with adults every week in school using a decodable book which matches closely to the phonic sounds that they are working on. Parents and school staff communicate with each other via a yellow reading diary. Children earn certificates for reading frequently with an adult at home. In addition to a decodable book, children also bring home high quality ‘sharing books’ to promote reading for pleasure.
We use Accelerated Reader which is an online digital system that helps manage and monitor children's independent reading. Children begin to use Accelerated Reader in either year 2 or 3, when they are ready. Children can log into their account and take quizzes on the books they have read. They earn points from the quizzes which is recognised through certificates for progress. Children also undertake half termly STAR reader assessments in school which enable the system to identify a suitable range of books to read.
The Accelerated Reader system can only be accessed for Brampton Village primary School children by following the unique link below:
Children may choose “Home books” to share with their parents or read independently. Parental help is always welcome to maintain these areas. Please contact the office if you can offer your services. If books are lost or damaged, we would very much appreciate payment towards their replacement.
During the year, the school organises book fairs when children and parents may purchase books from a wide selection.
Reading Newsletters are sent out to children and parents throughout the year to promote reading for pleasure and ensure that the profile of reading remains high.