English at Cuddington and Dinton

Intent

At Cuddington and Dinton School we promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping the pupils with a strong command of spoken and written English at each stage of their education. We want our pupils to have the confidence to write independently and speak fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and enjoy the process of writing.

Teaching is supported by ambitious texts, placing great literature at the heart of our lessons. Through reading, the children will have the opportunity to develop culturally, intellectually and socially, acquiring and building on their knowledge as they go progress through school. We want our pupils to foster a love of reading for enjoyment and become curious readers who want to learn more, and to know more.

‘If you want to change the world, pick up a pen and write.’ Martin Luther

‘To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable is a spark.’ Victor Hugo

Implementation

EYFS:

  • Daily phonics
  • Banded reading books chosen and sent home
  • Daily sharing of books in whole-class reading session
  • Encouragement to talk about responses to stories and re-read favourites
  • Recording of reading at home via link books
  • Development of fine motor control to enable pencil grip
  • Writing activities offered during child-initiated learning

KS1:

  • Daily phonics
  • Daily English lessons
  • Banded reading books chosen and sent home
  • Daily sharing of class reader book
  • Whole class guided reading
  • Exploration of different genres
  • Recording of reading at home via link books

KS2

  • Daily English lessons
  • Sustained writing across different genres
  • Additional phonics intervention
  • Banded reading books chosen and sent home (‘free-reader’ often by Y5/6)
  • Daily sharing of class reader book
  • Whole class Guided Reading
  • Recording of reading at home via link books

Impact

By the end of the curriculum, our pupils will use a range of strategies for decoding words, and inferring the meaning of texts. Pupils will enjoy reading across different genres and will have a good knowledge of a range of authors. Pupils will have developed skills in written communication enabling them to write with purpose for an intended audience. Parents and carers will have a good understanding of how they can support their child’s English at home.

Pupils will be ready to access the curriculum, in any subject, in their forthcoming secondary education.