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 in literacy 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.
These aims are embedded across our English lessons and the wider curriculum. We have a rigorous and well organised English curriculum that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion. Teachers plan 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 closely follows the aims of the National Curriculum for English 2014 and Early Years Foundation stage curriculum.
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 in Reception and the Letters and Sounds program to teach Phonics in 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 of each day in every class where teachers enjoy reading to their classes. Children read with adults every week in school using a decodable book which matches 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.
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 are able to log into their account and take quizzes on the books they have 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 are able to 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.