English

English at Charter Academy

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.

Intent

At Charter, our intent is to provide an ambitious and inspirational English curriculum for our children that allows them to develop into confident, creative readers, writers and communicators. We understand that developing strong literacy skills in primary school plays a key role in the ability of children to successfully navigate the later years of their school life and indeed the years beyond education. The teaching of reading in all areas, through a rigorous and sequential curriculum, is prioritised so children can access the full curriculum and develop a love of literature.  

Implementation

  • In Early Years, we begin laying the foundations for learning in English through a language-rich and stimulating environment. Nurturing relationships and regular opportunities to explore stories, poems and rhymes build vocabulary and an early love of reading.
  • Beginning in Nursery, the Read, Write, Inc. systematic, synthetic phonics programme is used to deliver high quality phonics teaching. Consistency and fidelity to the scheme ensure that pupils’ phonics learning is sequential and progressive. Decodable books are matched to the pupils’ stage of phonics learning.
  • Once pupils have completed the Read, Write, Inc. phonics programme, pupils in Years 2-6 further develop their fluency and comprehension skills through guided reading lessons, using a rich and varied range of texts.
  • A culture of celebrating reading for pleasure is created throughout the school, through daily story time, visits to the library and whole school reading incentives.
  • Throughout the school, children are provided with many opportunities to develop and apply their writing skills across the curriculum. Once the foundations of writing are in place, carefully selected texts are used to inspire writing outcomes. Pupils build their grammar, punctuation and vocabulary skills in context before writing for a range of audiences and purposes and in a range of genres.
  • The teaching of vocabulary is prioritised throughout the school and in all subjects.
  • The transcriptional skills of handwriting and spelling are taught in discrete lessons to build progression throughout the school.
  • Our oracy curriculum is underpinned by the oracy framework created by Voice 21. At Charter Academy we are working towards meeting each of the Voice 21 oracy benchmarks.  The oracy framework uses four vital strands; physical, linguistic, cognitive and social and emotional. These strands guide our oracy planning in all areas of the curriculum. Through a high quality oracy curriculum, students learn through talk and learn how to talk effectively.

Impact

Our intended impact is for children to become ambitious, confident learners who have developed a love of reading, writing and speaking with the skills and knowledge necessary for the next stage of their learning. We aim for all children to have high aspirations and reach their full potential in English.