Our English curriculum  develops 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 integral to developments in every other subject. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.

Spoken language

Our curriculum will ensure that our children will be  taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English. They should learn to justify ideas with reasons; ask questions to check understanding; develop vocabulary and build knowledge; negotiate; evaluate and build on the ideas of others. They should be taught to give well-structured descriptions and explanations and develop their understanding through speculating, hypothesising and exploring ideas. This will enable them to clarify their thinking as well as organise their ideas for writing.

Reading and writing

Our curriculum will develop pupils’ reading and writing in all subjects to support their acquisition of knowledge. Children will be taught to read fluently, understand texts (both fiction and non-fiction) and be encouraged to read for pleasure. Our curriculum will do everything to promote wider reading, including setting ambitious expectations for reading at home. Our curriculum will develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation. Children will be taught the correct use of grammar. They should build on what they have been taught to expand the range of their writing and the variety of the grammar they use. The writing they do should include narratives, explanations, descriptions, comparisons, summaries and evaluations: such writing supports them in rehearsing, understanding and consolidating what they have heard or read.

Reading consists of two dimensions:

  • word reading
  • comprehension (both listening and reading).

To support this teaching we use the Read, Write, Inc 'Speed Sounds' Phonics Scheme. 

Children at Barlow Hall Primary are taught to read using a range of reading resources, including (but not consisting entirely of) some phonetically decodable books in addition to a wide range of texts from various publishers. This is done to allow flexiblity of teaching and learning reading strategies across a range of materials.

Books are levelled up to Reading Recovery level 30 and are finely matched with our childrens reading levels which are continuously assessed and refined based on teacher observations, assessments and Benchmarking. 

Barlow Hall meet the objectives outlined in the 2014 National Curriculum in each year group. Staff ensure that all children are given opportunities to study a range of good quality and interesting fiction and non-fiction texts from a variety of genres. They have the opportunity to read ‘real’ books and newspapers, big books, posters, ICT based texts, on individual computers, iPads and interactive Whiteboards, large texts, information booklets and Reading Recovery level banded guided reading materials.

Further information can be found in our Reading Policy.

Writing consists of two dimensions:

  • transcription (spelling and handwriting)
  • composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).

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