English

English Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement

 

Intent

At Dilton Marsh we firmly believe that English should be at the centre of children’s learning. High quality teaching and learning should enable children to read, write and speak fluently therefore allowing them to communicate their ideas and emotions to others. English is a key skill which is essential for all aspects of everyday life and being successful. Children should develop a love for English through their enjoyment of reading, writing, speaking and listening. We encourage children to develop skills to communicate effectively in speech and in their writing, to listen with understanding and to be responsive, enthusiastic and knowledgeable readers. We will enable children to achieve this passion for English through providing stimulating and exciting experiences based around high quality materials and opportunities for learning.

 

Our school vision is:

Together, we strive to provide a safe, nurturing and challenging environment within our Christian ethos of kindness and respect.

We share a passion for life-long learning and strive for the best for ourselves, others and the World.

Children are encouraged to become independent, curious and resilient learners with the ability to learn from their mistakes and accept challenges.

“For Nothing is Impossible with God.”

Luke 1 : 37

 

English in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live. We've considered this by creating a reading spine that is varied and interesting and ensured the children are exposed to a wide range of genres that will support them as they get older. The staff at Dilton Marsh Church of England Primary School ensure that all children are exposed to high quality teaching and learning experiences, which allow children to explore English with understanding.

We aim to provide our children with models to aid their knowledge and understanding. We intend to provide all children with a broad, balance and stimulating English curriculum that exposes them to gain knowledge in phonics, reading, writing and spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG).

Our aim is to provide high quality teaching and learning experiences so our children become enthusiastic, confident and independent users of language in the spoken and written word. Therefore we will:

  • Set high expectations so our children will achieve their full potential.
  • Respond to our pupils’ diverse learning needs in accordance with guidelines in the National Curriculum by providing a broad and balanced language curriculum.
  • Develop pupil’s abilities and enthusiasm with an integrated programme of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
  • Provide pupils with opportunities to consolidate, practise and develop new English skills across the curriculum.
  • Encourage confidence and enjoyment in writing, reading, speaking and listening.

All pupils shall:

  • Learn phonics in a systematic and progressive way through Letters and Sounds.
  • Be able to speak clearly and confidently when given the opportunity.
  • Read and understand a wide range of books through our Dilton Marsh Reading Spine.
  • Understand how to read questions and answer them correctly.
  • Develop the necessary skills to know how to write effectively for a range of audiences and purposes, using spelling and grammar accurately and confidently through our Dilton Marsh Writing Journey.

 

Implementation

To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in English, we have implemented a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. To support the implementation of this we use a variety of different resources for individual subjects.

Reading comprehension

We use Teaching Comprehension Strategies to teach children explicit skills needed to answer reading comprehension questions and understand the texts they are reading. We accompany this with specific vocabulary lessons and in-depth discussions to fully ensure that the children fully understand the text.

Writing

We follow the Dilton Marsh Writing Journey template which guides teachers through a 2 week process of writing. This includes lessons that focus on various different areas we believe are important when writing a text: immersion, modelling, comparing, SPAG, planning, vocabulary, drafting, editing and publishing. The children will follow a similar structure every 2 weeks to ensure that they fully understand what is needed to create a high-quality piece of work. 

Each lesson starts with ‘Daily Review’ which ensures that the children consolidate their learning from previous lessons or genres so that no work is forgotten. It gives time for the children to reflect on their previous pieces of work, to positively impact on their new piece of work. 

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG)

Our Curriculum Maps outline what SPAG needs to be taught in specific year groups and in what term it needs to be taught. We ensure that it is progressive and used at times that will benefit the children. We have carefully considered when SPAG should be used so we can teach it alongside a specific genre. This is so children can immediately apply it in their work.

 

Impact

The impact and measure of this is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age related knowledge linked to the English Curriculum, but also skills which equip them to progress from their starting points, and within their everyday lives.

Assessment for English is a continual process in which teacher use their assessments to inform intervention and next steps in learning. We also use NFER Tests to ensure that children are making the expected progress.  Pupil Progress Meetings are held regularly and teachers are held to account for the English progress of the children in their class.