We use the new National Curriculum and the appendices to plan English lessons. Each year group has objectives taken from the New Curriculum and these will be taught as part of Units of Work. In summary, the Units of Work:
- cover genres in fiction and non-fiction.
- are taught in 2 or 3-week blocks, this is up to the teacher’s discretion and the needs of the children.
- based on Wordsmith, a planning, teaching and learning scheme, as well as other online and scheme-based texts.
Wordsmith is a whole-school approach to English designed to help children develop the very best language skills. By using Wordsmith we aim to develop confident, creative communicators with the language tools they need to succeed in every area of their learning. To this end, the Wordsmith programme is underpinned by four core principles, which was developed in conjunction with the UK’s leading experts in literacy and raising standards.
- CONTEXTUALISED GRAMMAR: Children learn grammar best when it is contextualised; when they explore the effect of language choices rather than just learning to label features.
- PURPOSE & AUDIENCE: writing taking on real meaning – and a real sense of excitement – when it’s done for a real purpose and excitement.
- VARIED, WHOLE TEXTS: Varied, whole texts are essential: both for engagement and for helping the children explore what real writers do.
- TALK FOR WRITING: Talk is one of the most important factors in improving children’s writing, allowing them to explore and analyse language and extend their vocabulary.
When planning, teachers ensure that there is a balance of poetry, fiction and non-fiction covered in every year.