At Oak Farm Junior School, it is our intention for all pupils to have access to a high-quality English curriculum which will equip them with the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to become lifelong learners and succeed in any environment. English is a core subject in the National Curriculum and the teaching of this subject is given the highest priority as it underpins all areas of our curriculum. We strive to ensure that all pupils receive a well-rounded learning experience that will develop their love for oracy, reading and writing.
English is taught at Oak Farm Junior School through:
- Daily English lessons
- 3 sessions of whole class reading for the teaching of specific reading skills. This is also an opportunity for the teacher (as the master reader) to model reading fluently aloud to the pupils.
- Opportunities for developing literacy skills are taught across the curriculum.
Speaking & Listening: The ability to speak and listen is fundamental to pupils' language and social development. It is an essential tool for all areas of the curriculum, as talk underpins learning and thinking. It is vital that pupils, parents, support staff and teachers recognise its significance. Pupils need to be provided with many and varied contexts for talk but they also need direct teaching in the skills of speaking and listening.
Reading: Reading is a life skills and unlocks children’s access to a rich and broad curriculum. Reading is at the core of teaching and learning at Oak Farm Junior School and we are dedicated to our children becoming lifelong readers. Children are encouraged to develop their own love of genres.
Writing: Writing is an important skill for our children’s futures and we want all children at Oak Farm Junior School to leave us as lifelong learners. We aim for excellence in all our school activities and encourage all pupils, whatever their ability, to achieve the best they possibly can. We believe that providing pupils with a well-balanced, enriching and engaging English curriculum that will aid them in developing into self-assured communicators. We want all pupils to become confident writers in a range of different contexts, preparing them for life in the 21st century and beyond.
By the time children leave at the end of Year 6, we want them to:
Become competent and skilled readers who use a range of strategies to read effectively
Enjoy reading and be able to recommend books to their peers
Have a thirst for reading a range of genres, including poetry and non-fiction books
Participate in discussions about books, including evaluating an author’s use of language and the impact this can have on the reader.
Become efficient and effective writers who are able to write appropriately for a variety of audiences.
Have acquired the knowledge and skills to communicate effectively within a range of contexts.
Confidently use the conventions of written language and grammar.
Experience a range of purposes and forms of writing.
Have developed a neat and clear cursive handwriting style.
Have opportunities to plan, edit, draft and present their work.
Be aware of and appreciate the writer’s craft.