Curriculum Intent- English Reading

At Willen Primary school the teaching of reading is integral to our curriculum and reading skills are developed and nurtured through all curriculum areas.

Reading is taught via a whole school approach through whole class ‘Exceeding Reading’ sessions where the children work on the following key skills

  • Put your finger on it- where the children have the opportunity to develop their retrieval skills
  • Tell me why- allowing the children to think about why the author has chosen certain words/phrases
  • Get it, got it, good!- developing the inference skills of the child
  • Bring down the house- giving the children the opportunity to perform
  • Have your say so- allowing the children to give their opinions on a wide variety of different text types.

Children are exposed to a varied range of texts at an aspirational level for them to allow them to apply these core skills. Texts are carefully matched to the ability of the children and also make links with their non-core topic areas.

 These Exceeding Reading lesson sit alongside RIC sessions in which the children use a range of different media to develop their skills of Retrieval, Inference and Choice (RIC). In addition to this the children have a daily story time session in which the children have the opportunity to listen to their teacher read a high quality reading spine book. Children also have a daily Everybody Reading In Class (ERIC) session in which they read for pleasure not only fostering a love of reading for pleasure but also allowing the teacher to read individually with children.

In Key Stage One the children also accompany all of this with a daily systematic phonics scheme of Read Write Inc. (RWI) please see the attached phonics intent statement.  Within KS2 the children use Accelerated Reader to quiz on their reading and ensure a depth of understanding and comprehension. This also allows us to be sure that the texts that the children are accessing are suitably challenging but within their reading ability.

Reading is really at the heart of the curriculum at Willen and we aim to not only develop the mechanics of reading but a love of reading.

Curriculum Intent- English Writing

At Willen writing is taught primarily using the Talk for Writing Scheme. This allows the children to become immersed in a chosen text type and absorbed in the vocabulary and structure of texts through a carefully planned series of oral rehearsal. Children learn the text type and within the structure the children are exposed to the features, grammar, appropriate punctuation and style of writing. Progress is easily seen through the use of cold and hot write writes.

In addition to Talk for Writing we also study a range of different text types exploring the features of them and learning from their structure, this allows the children to develop their own imagination and writing style. Spelling is taught in isolation at an ability appropriate level. Children also have the opportunity to develop a joined up cursive handwriting style.

Care is taken to match writing opportunities to the wider curriculum subjects that the children are learning about as well as making links to national events to ensure that the work is relevant to the children and they have a purpose for writing. Within writing lessons children are exposed to a range of enrichment activities to enhance their learning; such as hooks or big finishes.

As part of the writing process high value is placed on children’s planning of work as well as fostering an ethos that work is never final and should be edited to make it as successful as it can be. Children are used to using self and peer assessment to identify strengths and next steps in not only their work but that of their peers.

We aim to develop an enjoyment of writing and give children the opportunity to develop and grow as authors.

Curriculum Overview

Writing Overview