English at The Grove
Our English curriculum can be divided into three parts: Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening, but at The Grove, we value the importance of English and appreciate that it feeds into all areas of our curriculum.
We aim to provide high-quality English teaching to all pupils, teaching them how to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their growing ability to read and listen, others can communicate with them too. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively being disregarded.
At The Grove, we make time every day of the week for opportunities to develop our English skills, supporting our pupils to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Our high-quality teaching enables our pupils to acquire knowledge in all three areas of the English curriculum and to build on what they already know from year to year.
The Grove uses the National Curriculum in England 2014 Framework for English as the basis for its curriculum planning. The programmes of study for English are set out year-by-year for Key Stage 1 and two-yearly for Key Stage 2. We have achieved this through well-structured medium term planning, ensuring consistency year on year, using a range of sources, including commercial support materials, such as Literacy Tree. Our Reading and Writing curriculum is structured around a range of high-quality texts and presented to the children via quality-first teaching, through a range of questioning and activities, in and out of the classroom, to spark curiosity and engagement for communication through the English objectives.
There are opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each teaching unit, the planned progression built into the English curriculum means that the children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school. Links are made to termly themes and other curriculum subjects where appropriate and these are identified on the termly theme Curriculum Maps and individual Medium Term Plans. Long-term plans identify individual English units taught across the year group phases and follow a two-year cycle. English is taught by individual class teachers who take responsibility for planning, resourcing and delivering this area of the curriculum.
Individual teachers are responsible for the standard of children’s work and for the quality of their teaching in English. Teachers and phase teams work collaboratively to support each other in the teaching of English, providing a consistency for the subject across the school. Team phases are encouraged to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses in the subject and indicate areas for further improvement.
Subject Leader monitoring activities include:
- Monitoring of class teachers’ medium term plans for English (English Coordinator & SLT).
- Individual teacher feedback provided (Coordinator).
- Monitoring of teaching and learning taking the form of a lesson observation twice a year (SLT), termly learning walks (Coordinator & SLT), book scrutinies (Coordinator & SLT) and pupil interviews (Coordinator).
- Monitoring of Statutory Assessments result (Coordinator & SLT)
- Preparation of an end-of-year report for the governors (Coordinator)
- Monitoring of annual reports to parents (SLT)