“You can make anything by writing.”
– C.S. Lewis
English At Bedgrove Junior School
Because we recognise the importance of English and Maths as the basis for all learning, they are taught daily in dedicated sessions in all year groups. Where appropriate, writing is also taught across the curriculum in Science, History and Geography giving children an opportunity to write for further purposes.
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 language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. It is due to this that we follow the Pie Corbett 'Talk for Writing' approach to teaching writing, although we have amended this to meet the needs of our children where necessary. All staff are trained and enthusiastic about this approach making sure we go above and beyond the needs of our children and the expectations of the curriculum.
The Talk for Writing approach allows us to embed the language of a text, develop a toolkit and understand the layout of a text. Fictions units are taught over a 4-week period, starting with a cold task (to see what the children already know), followed by a week of short burst writing and poetry to develop language and vocabulary. We then continue with the children imitating a text then moving onto innovation and ending with independent application to show what they have learnt. Non-fiction units are taught over a condensed 2 week period using the same approach. We teach the key skills expected by the end of the year throughout each unit and assess children against the statutory assessment framework. We also teach grammar as part of our daily English lessons, through modelling and mental oral starters.
The English curriculum has been carefully designed by the subject lead and lessons are planned out by teachers within each year. The whole school has the same focus at the same time and over the year children are exposed to different types of fiction stories and non fiction pieces of writing. By the time children leave year 6, they have a wealth of toolkits and skills in order to write for any purpose and audience.
Alongside the dedicated writing sessions, we teach additional spelling and handwriting lessons to ensure the children have the prerequisite skills to write neatly, accurately and concisely. Children are taught spellings rules and patterns and learn through investigation and games. All children are expected to know how to spell a list of statutory words which can be found in the children's planners. We encourage the use of Spelling Shed in supporting the children with their spellings.