Greatfield Park Primary School English Intent Statement
At Greatfield Park Primary School we are dedicated in ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers by following the National Curriculum 2014. We recognise the importance of developing a positive attitude towards English and all other curriculum subjects.
The teaching of phonics is given high priority from the moment our children start school in the early years. We believe that phonics provides the foundations of learning to read and write and provide daily teaching for pupils in the Early Years and Year 1. Through phonics children learn to segment words to support their spelling ability and blend sounds to read and write words. The school has chosen to teach phonics through the Read Write Inc (RWI) systematic synthetic programme (SSP) which provides carefully sequenced learning for all. The aim is for all children to reach the expected standard of phonics at the end of Year 1. For pupils who do not, the programme will be continued into Year 2 and further if needed. Pupils in Key Stage 2 will take a phonics book and an accelerated reading book home.
We recognise that reading ‘opens doors’ to learning about the world around us. As a ‘reading school’, we want our children to aspire to enjoy a lifelong love of reading. From the moment a child arrives in the Early Years at Greatfield Park, they will access a reading curriculum that is ambitious and designed to give all pupils the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
We want pupils to find pleasure in reading and to make progress in their skills in order to read to an excellent standard. We aspire to be a reading community immersed in books and high-quality literature and aim to provide pupils with the tools to develop into enthusiastic, determined and confident readers, both at school and at home, regardless of their ability. We extend those opportunities outside of the classroom with links to wide range of authors. ‘Accelerated Reader’ is used when pupils have completed the Read, Write, Inc phonics programme. It supports pupils to select texts appropriate to their level, engage in assessment quizzes and accelerate their progress.
We recognise the importance of reading as a subject, but also the importance of applying the skills learned in reading and other subjects. We recognise that reading improves oracy and vocabulary, creating inspired writers. Reading inspires imagination, develops mindful learners and gives everybody an opportunity to develop and foster new interests. We aim to use our inclusive and high-quality resources to provide support and challenge for all. Reading skills are taught through whole class VIPERS sessions, Teachers’ expectations of pupils ensure that they attain standards at least in line with the national average at the end of all key stages, to prepare them for their next stage of education.
We want children to make meaningful links between what they read and the rest of the curriculum. Adults within the school act as reading role-models and experts using their knowledge of current and relevant authors to extend their reading experiences. The breadth of our reading curriculum complements our whole-school community’s engagement with the world around them, fostering greater respect for different cultures and empathy for all within the world in which they live.
We believe that all pupils should be able to confidently communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions clearly and creatively through their writing. Our pupils will be taught to plan, revise and evaluate their writing through carefully sequenced units, covering a variety of text types.
We believe spoken language underpins the development of writing. The quality of language that pupils hear and speak is vital for developing their vocabulary, grammar and understanding for writing. As a school we are investing in staff development in this area and expect this investment to impact outcomes positively. They will be taught to write accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. We want pupils to acquire a wide vocabulary, a solid understanding of grammar, accurate punctuation and be able to spell new words by effectively applying the spelling patterns and rules they learn.
Careful links are made across the curriculum through experiential learning to ensure their writing is relevant and meaningful and we make sure that children develop an understanding of how widely writing is used in everyday life and, therefore, how important and useful the skills are that they are learning. We set high expectations for all our pupils to take pride in their work and have a fluent, cursive handwriting style, resulting in excellent presentation. We believe that all good writers refine and edit their writing over time, so we want children to develop independence in being able to edit their work effectively during and after the writing process and always set high aspirations. All teaching and learning will promote challenge and inclusion for all.