At Enfield Academy, our intent is to ensure that all our pupils receive a high-quality education in English that will develop pupils' ability to speak, read and write with great fluency, master the mechanics of both reading and writing and develop a love and a true interest for English so that they can communicate their thoughts, ideas and emotions effectively at Enfield Academy and beyond.
Through reading, children are exposed to a range of high quality literature of different genres, enabling pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. As a result of this, pupils develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Children acquire a love of reading and read often, for both pleasure and information, at home and in school.
Writing is an integral part of our curriculum. All children from EYFS to Year 6 are provided with many opportunities to develop and apply their writing skills across the curriculum. On their journey at Enfield Academy, pupils develop a clear understanding of the writing process in order to establish themselves as an author in their own right. Through our book-led curriculum, we foster pupils' interest in writing and offer a reason and context for writing, which enables the children to write for purpose and audience. Pupils are taken on a writing journey which builds their knowledge of writing for context and purpose, allows the opportunities for the children to explore a variety of genres, planning, drafting and re-drafting their writing. In order to establish this, pupils develop their knowledge of genre features, audience, language and effective composition. It is our intention to broaden our pupils' exposure to high level vocabulary in order to allow pupils to apply their understanding of vocabulary and grammatical features within English and across the curriculum.
Through English, pupils learn to understand the relationships between words, word meaning, implied meaning and figurative language within writing lessons, whilst ensuring that children are supported in their spelling strategies. We intend that pupils will be taught to control their speaking and writing consciously and to use correct Standard English.
At Enfield Academy we follow the National Curriculum to ensure our children…
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 word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. 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.
At Enfield Academy of New Waltham, we use a plethora of high quality literature to inspire our reading and writing. In Key Stage 1 we use Power of Reading to engage the children and enable them to study a text in depth, supporting their vocabulary and understanding of authorial intent. We use a VIPERS approach, in Key Stage 2, to facilitate an in-depth understanding of the individual skills of reading and we instil an enriched vocabulary which is fuelled by our interconnected wider curriculum Children are given time to enjoy reading and have access to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts in our school library and in each classroom’s designated reading area. We use peer critique to inspire critical thinking, develop the process of collaborative revising and fervently celebrate writing pieces across the school.
In EYFS, our children are:
- taught to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write using Letters and Sounds
- given an array of writing opportunities throughout their play and exploration
- given opportunities to listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events
- taught to respond to what they hear with relevant comments, or actions, including ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions
- encouraged to develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events
- given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest
- helped to use books and stories to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment
In KS1 and KS2, our children are taught to:
- speak fluently and confidently
- make inferences about texts or characters
- use evidence to support their opinions or the opinions of others.
- use appropriate punctuation for their age
- link sentences and paragraphs together using cohesive devices
- develop their own individual author's voice
- reflect on and edit their work independently and through peer critique
- write increasingly complex stories, poems and a range of other text types, building on their knowledge of features each year.
Children in KS1 and KS2 have daily exposure to Reading, Writing and Spoken Language. In KS1, they explore through a mix of play, explicit formal lessons and links to other areas of the curriculum. We use the Power of Reading to engage their reading and develop their writing. We ensure the children are exposed to a rich variety of texts throughout each year group. In KS2, English lessons are explicitly taught and are interweaved throughout the wider curriculum. All lessons and experiences delve into a range of reading and writing. We cover spelling, grammar and punctuation both discretely and alongside our high-quality class texts, which are used all the way through EYFS to Year 6. We teach editing techniques and focus on reflection of our work through peer critique. We develop the children's vocabulary with rich and engaging texts. We also support and encourage reading at home, with reading champion awards to promote regular reading. We appreciate the parental support that goes hand in hand with developing and fostering a love of reading at Enfield.
Assessment criteria has been developed in line with the National Curriculum requirements, and enables us to assess children as they move through each stage of their learning journey. We regularly attend Moderation Meetings in the Humber Hub of the Enquire Learning Trust for all year groups to discuss standards wider than just our school community. In addition to trust Moderation Meetings, we also moderate internally through a systematically monitored ‘Annual Cycle of Evaluation’ which includes regular learning walks and book scrutiny in order to measure impact and assess the implementation of our curriculum By the end of KS2, our children are given the opportunity to experience English through drama by engaging with theatre productions.
Our aim is to achieve a GLD (Good Level of Development) in EYFS in line with national standards, and be at or above the national standard in the Phonics Screening in Year 1, KS1 National Tests and KS2 National Tests.
Every child in our school is instilled with a love for reading and writing that will last a lifetime. Our pupils have developed the knowledge and skills that will help them as they continue on to secondary school.
If you have any questions about English or Phonics at our school, please do not hesitate to contact us:
(Y1 Teacher and KS1 Early Reading and Writing Champion)
(Y6 Teacher and KS2 English Lead)
English Curriculum Plan
English Skills Progression