At St Leonard's we place great emphasis upon developing skills in spoken language, reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. English skills are applied across the curriculum and strong links are made between subjects such as RE, Science, Geography and History.
The 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.
The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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
In addition, pupils should develop the ability and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation.
The children are taught English using Pie Corbett's Talk for Writing approach. Each unit follows the same structure - Imitation, Innovation, Invention and Independent application. The children begin by tuning into a text type and orally rehearsing a model text, playing a variety of warm up games and participating in short burst writing activities. They explore the text type (non-fiction) and identify what type of story pattern it follows (fiction) such as wishing stories, warning stories or defeating the monster story. They read and develop their understanding of a text through book talk, role play and a variety of reading activities. Once the model text has been internalised the children 'box it up' in order to learn the structure of different text types. This helps them with the next step which is to innovate their own story based on the model text. Finally, the children invent their own piece of writing based on the text type they have learnt. The children are also taught poetry skills linked to their unit.
Below are some examples of children's oral innovation of stories.
Reception child innovation
Year 2 child innovation