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English

We want all children to have the skills necessary to be excellent writers. Attention is paid to developing grammar, spelling and punctuation through the delivery of well-planned, rigorously monitored lessons. These always incorporate both modelled and shared writing to demonstrate to the children the thought processes and skills necessary to be an effective writer. Extended writing is encouraged through ‘Big Writes’ and the development of editing skills plays an important role within our lessons, where children often self and peer assess and help each other to re-draft and improve their work. Assessment is vital in all lessons and children are regularly given personal targets to help improve their writing.

Reading is so developmentally important and we believe reading is key to unlocking all potential in English. We believe good writers are keen readers because reading helps develop an ideas bank on which they can draw upon when writing.Guided reading takes place as a class activity in every year group every week to develop children’s reading and comprehension skills.

We want our pupils to become articulate and confident young people and therefore we present children with frequent opportunities to develop these skills through talking partner work,debate, public speaking and active listening.

We encourage parents to read our grammar objectives and curriculum documents to develop an awareness of expectations and to help support learning within the home. Curriculum workshops for parents are another useful way to find out more about teaching and learning English at Field Junior – look out for news of the next session in the spring term.