The National Curriculum (2014) clearly states that teaching the English language is an essential, if not the most essential role of a primary school.
Teachers should develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.
At Mossy Lea the teaching of English encompasses the following:
- Spoken Language (speaking and listening)
- Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation
In Key Stage 1 and 2 writing is taught through the use of high quality texts and a recognised teaching sequence. Quality texts provide a stimulus for all children to develop their writing across different text types. Activities such as story telling, role play, drama and word and language games are an important part of the writing process. Once children have gathered ideas and planned their writing, teachers model writing to support the writing process. After writing, children are given an opportunity to edit and improve their work through targeted individual marking and they often go on to redraft and publish their finished pieces. Whenever possible writing with a clear purpose is the priority as we find this leads to better outcomes and engagement.
The importance of legible handwriting can not be underestimated. We follow the handwriting scheme from Twinkl. This allows us to teach handwriting in a fun, interactive way. It helps the children develop a fluent, confident handwriting style. Flexible, fluent and legible handwriting allows children to write with confidence. Handwriting develops best when it is taught frequently for short periods of time which is the approach at Mossy Lea.
We use a scheme of spelling published by Twinkl that links to the 2014 National Curriculum for spelling. It has been designed to cover all of the spelling conventions, statutory spellings and the common exception words that children need to learn throughout Key Stages 1 and 2. The spelling packs also make useful links to the word, sentence and punctuation objectives from the National Curriculum 2014 English Appendix 2. The statutory requirements are split into halftermly overviews with weekly lists of ten spelling words each linked to one spelling rule which the children study through the week.
In-line with National Curriculum expectations, pupils are taught to read and spell a series of Common Exception Words demonstrating abilities appropriate to their age.
These words are appropriate to expectations for each year group and can be accessed below.