English in Key Stage 2
In KS2, English is taught for at least one hour a day, usually in the morning. The content is linked to termly topics and cross-curricular links are encouraged when it is appropriate. Each session begins with a mental starter activity, focusing on word/sentence level skills. The Programmes of Study from the New English Curriculum (Sept 2014) are the basis for termly and weekly planning.
We believe that children learn best when they are provided with a range of experiences, opportunities and skills for writing across the curriculum. Teachers will provide a stimulating environment that promotes all aspects of literacy learning. The correct use of grammar and punctuation will be taught in every class and will be modelled by all members of staff. In the children’s writing books, the skills are clearly presented and the teacher moves learning forward with clear next steps. Time is given to reflect on the previous day’s marking and children are encouraged to respond to their comments and improve use the comments to improve their work. Each child has a ‘Writing Progress Book,’ with unsupported writing tasks added termly. This then accompanies them throughout the school. Writing levels are assessed and moderated within KS2, the whole school and the cluster, to ensure consistency in judgements. Each class has an English working wall and the children’s writing is on display.
Children in KS2 are expected to be consistently joining their writing using cursive script.
We want children in KS2 to have a love for reading and we will endeavour to provide outstanding reading experiences with exciting and inspiring learning opportunities that promote the importance of this life-long skill. All children, both boys and girls, will experience a wide variety of contexts and settings with a range of stimulating resources to ensure the most effective progression takes place according to their age and ability.
Guided Reading sessions take place in KS2 outside of the daily English lessons. Reading books are sent home and all parents are informed that the expectation for hearing their child read is at least 4 times a week. Every classroom has a book corner, which is comfortable and attractive and which promotes a love of reading.
We endeavour to ensure that all pupils can speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English by the time they leave primary school. We will provide opportunities for children to develop their spoken language so they can justify their ideas with reasons, have inquisitive minds and ask questions, have a wide vocabulary with which to communicate and develop their understanding of a wide range of topics through exploring their ideas. We want our children to be able to have clarity of thought and confidence to speak in public. Spoken language is key to all areas of Literacy and plays a key role in organising their thoughts for writing.
The children learn spellings every week and follow the Programmes of Study from the New English Curriculum (Sept 2014). Catch up groups are in place for children who need additional support. The children are given weekly spellings to learn at home, which consolidate the spelling work covered in school.