These aims are embedded across our English lessons and the wider curriculum. We have designed our English curriculum based on a mastery approach, whereby children become masters of the new skill they have learnt and practice it in a variety of ways before learning something new. We also aim to provide many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion throughout our wider curriculum. Our reading spine ensures all children read a range of quality texts throughout their time with us.
The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
● read easily, fluently and with good understanding
● develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
● 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.
Our aim is that every child that leaves St Nicholas has made good progress from their starting points. They are ready for the next step in their journey being able to communicate clearly and effectively through speaking, reading and writing. They are able to express themselves using a wide vocabulary and have developed a love of the written word.