The school aims to develop confident, articulate children who are able to communicate effectively through the written and spoken word – and relish the opportunity to read and write in a variety of contexts; we aim for all children to develop a love for reading and writing which will serve them well throughout their secondary education – and adult life...
We use the National Curriculum as a basis for developing the children’s reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. The children undertake a daily dedicated English lesson, including one extended writing session each week. However, at Belmont Cheveley Park we see English teaching as something that must be, and is, embedded across all lessons and activities across the day. From speaking clearly and articulately to lunchtime staff, to writing at length as part of a history topic, the development of key literacy skills are of paramount importance to our school curriculum.
There is also an emphasis on giving children the technical knowledge and language through which they can discuss and improve their work, helping them to become reflective and proactive learners. They are explicitly taught grammar terminology and spelling rules, and we have a strong emphasis on the home-school link to support spelling development.
Children in our school spend lots of time reading. Each day, all classes from Year 1 onwards enjoy a dedicated reading session, during which time children are both taught to read, and have the opportunity to read for pleasure. Most rooms have reading areas which support this aspect of our curriculum. As such, children have access to a wide variety of books in their classrooms and in the Library.
Daily phonics teaching also takes place across EYFS and Key Stage 1, and for some junior children if required. Children are taught in focussed groups in order to develop their reading and writing skills at the correct level.
Our school also promotes the importance of ‘real texts’ to children. Each half termly topic has a class text, or novel, attached to it. Much of the English work is developed from the class texts and these generally are linked to the half termly topic in order to immerse children fully into a cohesively planned unit of work. As such, much of the children’s writing opportunities are developed from the class texts and topics. For example, children enjoying a topic linked to World War 2 may read Anne Frank’s Diary, write their own war related diary entries, write a persuasive speech to encourage civilians to ‘make do and mend’ and write a biography of Anne herself. Such joined up learning not only develops children’s understanding of a class topic, but makes writing purposeful, real and fun!
Take a look at each class page in order to what each year group is covering each half term, as well as the links below, which detail the National Curriculum by Year Group for English (including spelling lists for each year) and a document linked to the development of reading and phonics at our school.
Also, see our 'homework helpers' page for further resources related to phonics, spelling and reading.