Aims of the National Curriculum – DfE Programme of Study 2014:
The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
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 English curriculum is derived around a sequence of high quality age-appropriate texts. We use each book to create opportunities to develop reading fluency and comprehension with a focus on key reading strategies and skills; develop grammar and punctuation knowledge and understanding to use and apply across the wider curriculum; explore the writing structure and features of different genres; plan and write an initial piece of writing with a clear context and purpose before evaluating the effectiveness of writing by editing and redrafting.
The impact can be seen through the pupils’ confidence in talking about the curriculum as well as the way in which measurable targets have been put in place to ensure that we aim for learners to be reaching age-related expectations.
Writing at Waterside
At Waterside, we encourage the children to become authors, crafting their own style to become fluent in writing.
Our children are taught a range of genres covering both fiction and non-fiction writing styles. The writing and reading curriculum is very closely linked as we value the importance of reading to aid writing.
Our children are immersed into the genres through a variety of texts, film clips, posters and books - and above all we encourage daily writing.
Your child will then publish their work giving them a sense of pride in their presentation.
They are encouraged to write independently for a sustained length of time using prompt mats, word mats and the working wall to help them.