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Finchampstead C of E (Aided) Primary School

An enriching education in a welcoming Christian environment

English

Our school vision

"This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118 

 

Our curriculum vision for English  

Our Intent

 

Reading and Writing

At Finchampstead Primary School, we promote high standards of language and literacy and help children develop a lifelong love of English through widespread reading and writing for enjoyment. 

We believe that reading is at the centre of learning. From early years through to Year 6, we encourage our children to learn to love books through daily storytelling sessions and well planned and exciting book based activities.  We also plan to bring reading to life and give it purpose via music, drama and performance.   By reading and discussing a wide range of quality books, our children are able to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.  Reading also enables pupils to learn new things and make connections with what they already know, both across the curriculum and beyond.   Children are also encouraged to read a range of books in school and at home, from both our structured reading scheme and access to an interesting and engaging children’s library.  Regular communication between staff, parents and children is encouraged to develop independent and reflective readers.

Written work is based on quality texts by well-known authors or written specifically for a clear learning intention.  Children are introduced to the text in an exciting and creative way, then given time to immerse themselves in the text through a range of stimulating activities.  They then create their own written responses to the text in a variety of ways depending on each child’s needs and challenge.  We write with an audience in mind and often showcase the children’s work in ‘published’ books, displays or one to one with children from other classes.  Children are also encouraged to read their work to others or to perform as a class.  In this way we build pride and excitement in the power of the written word through capable and confident writers who know that word choice and style of writing can bring about change.

Handwriting

We teach cursive handwriting (joined letters) right from the start of our children’s writing journey as we believe that this encourages fluency and helps to improve spelling. Good presentation skills are important and help children develop pride in their work.   We also use ICT to present our work.   We aim for our children to develop a clear, fluent written style they are proud to use. 

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