At Plympton St Maurice Primary School we work hand in hand with parents & carers to provide an English education of the highest quality, which celebrates everyone’s success in a happy, caring environment and where all our differences are valued.
Our Intent for our English Curriculum
Our English curriculum is designed to meet the content requirements of the DFE’s ‘National Curriculum in England: English Programmes of Study’ (2014) and the language and literacy sections of the ‘Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’ (2014). Our curriculum aims to develop pupils’ competence in reading, writing, speaking and listening; this is to ensure that our pupils can become competent users of language that will ensure that pupils can access the whole curriculum effectively as well as being able to develop Life skills, Understanding, Nurture curiosity, Aspiration and Resilience to achieve their potential.
Our Implementation of our English Curriculum
Our English curriculum encompasses:
Social and emotional learning,
Independent Personal learning and thinking,
Collaborative Learning and
Experience rich curriculum.
Writing at Plympton St Maurice Primary School is taught through a workshop-style approach, in conjunction with the use of a quality text. Daily writing sessions include word and language games which are used to ‘warm-up’ the imagination and encourage creative thinking.
Our workshop-style approach involves making explicit the processes and thinking involved in writing; this is so that they can be internalised and applied by children in their own writing. Where appropriate, children are encouraged to deconstruct quality ‘example’ texts for specific genres; this allows them to create their own ‘Key Language Features’ toolkits and utilise the given structures within their own writing. Opportunities for writing for a real purpose, and across the curriculum are utilised by class teachers as often as possible.
Reading at our school is delivered through weekly guided reading sessions; this provides a consistent whole-school approach to reading for all children. Through weekly discussion and reflection with peers and staff, children develop the skills and strategies that they need to become competent and fluent readers, as well as learn to recognise the language features of different text types. We ensure that reading is at the centre of our learning by using quality texts to deliver literacy lessons; this is in conjunction with our workshop-style approach to writing.
The Impact of our English Curriculum
Throughout reading and writing sessions, children learn to identify the key language features within each writing genre and the basic skills in writing are continually reinforced. Specific skills in English are developed, including:
At Plympton St Maurice Primary School we aim to develop in all the children:
Staff at Plympton St Maurice:
Plympton St Maurice Primary School provides a consistent, whole-school approach to daily reading for all children. We recognise the importance that being a competent and fluent reader plays in every aspect of life – throughout school and beyond. As such, we ensure that reading is at the centre of our learning by using quality texts to deliver English, in conjunction with our workshop-style approach to writing.
Within weekly guided reading sessions, children are taught and encouraged to:
At Plympton St Maurice Primary School, we teach writing through a workshop-style approach in conjunction with the use of a quality text. This approach involves making explicit the processes and thinking involved in the writing process so that ultimately, they can be internalised and applied by children in their own writing. These skills are developed at both a word and sentence-level within our Literacy lessons.
Within daily writing sessions, children are taught and encouraged to:
We use ‘Letter Join’ for our whole school approach to handwriting.
Planning and Teaching
All teachers will plan against the 2014 National Curriculum.
All children will receive a focused, objective specific daily English session which will provide children with the opportunity to learn new skills, apply their knowledge, edit, review and perform in front of an audience as necessary. Additionally, all children will be given the opportunity to enhance their English skills through well planned topic sessions; they will have regular cross-curricular opportunities following out LUNAR curriculum to read and write for a variety of purposes.
Whole school writing is planned to demonstrate progression within and across each year group.
Spelling is taught via a multi-sensory approach of RWInc in the daily phonics sessions and then from years 2-6 with the specifically designed spelling programme. In addition, we are going to be introducing the ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ programme (Babcock) in the autumn term to complement existing practice and whole school access to Spelling Shed.
Additional opportunities for English include Library Club, working with visiting poets and authors, World Book Day, Mrs Wordsmith, Reading Volunteer Scheme, Lollies Book Awards, writing competitions and annual book fairs.
Please see your class teacher for Log in details for access to our on-line learning opportunities for:
-Reading Planet -Foundation and KS1
Useful links for parents: