At Woodlands, we follow the National Curriculum for English and deliver the content through our Power Teaching and Learning programme.
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
Our Power Teaching and Learning approach teaches children to explore the writer’s craft through examination of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. Children explore writers’ vocabulary choices and the meaning of words in context. Children are then encouraged to write with their reader in mind – identifying the topic, audience and purpose for each piece of writing. Children write to entertain, inform, discuss and persuade following the long term plan for the year. Grammar teaching is an essential part of the writing process.
Spelling is taught following the Spelling Shed scheme and all children have access to online resources to practise their spelling at home. Handwriting is taught following Penpals and children work hard to earn their Pen Licence and be awarded with a handwriting pen in KS2.
Children are given additional opportunities to write creatively from a variety of stimuli through half termly creative writing weeks. Children at Woodlands apply what they have learned in English lessons to write across the curriculum and showcase their learning in other subjects.
In all subjects, children are supported to answer questions in full sentences and to explain and elaborate to show their understanding. Children are given a wide range of opportunities across all areas of the curriculum to make presentations, participate in discussion and debate and share their learning with others.
To find out more about Reading at Woodlands, please visit our dedicated Reading and Phonics page.