English has changed hugely with the new curriculum. It is taught in 5 sections: reading, writing, spelling and grammar, speaking and listening and presentation.
Reading and writing are fundamental in everything that we teach today. The study of English is essential as by writing and speaking fluently it allows children to communicate their emotions and ideas to others, and through their reading and listening others can communicate with them.
Reading is a key life-skill and we aim to give children opportunities through all curriculum areas to enhance this skill. We have recently brought in a new levelled reading scheme for all children in Year 3 and 4 which offers them access to a variety of fiction and non-fiction books to broaden their reading experience. By reading from a larger range of genres and material we are able to broaden their experiences when writing.
We want our children to enjoy becoming writers, writing across different genres: – being a poet, writing a suspense story, structuring a persuasive letter, creating a set of instructions are just a few of the many themes they will be encountering each year.
Using the skills taught in an English lesson, the children are then able to write across the curriculum: Writing a non- chronological report in History, writing a science investigation, constructing a diary entry linked to a history project are just some examples.