English

Intent – At Netherthorpe Primary School, English and the teaching of English is embedded across the curriculum. Our aim is to ensure that every child progresses in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. When our children leave Netherthorpe we expect them to:

  • Reading

Have developed positive attitudes towards reading.

Read fluently and widely, expressing preferences and opinions about texts that they read.

Read for both pleasure and information, having had access to a range of text types, genres and authors.

Have acquired a wider vocabulary and understanding of grammar.

  • Writing

Have developed positive attitudes towards writing.

Write clearly, accurately and cohesively adapting language and style for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.

Write with proficient awareness of grammar and punctuation.

Apply spelling patterns correctly and use a neat handwriting style.

Show their developing vocabulary within their writing across a range of subjects.

  • Speaking and Listening

Have the confidence to talk to others about their learning and their ideas.

Talk about familiar and unfamiliar concepts with confidence.

Become questioning and evaluative talkers, who develop their thinking with evidence and opinion.

Use their developing vocabulary when speaking both formally and informally.

 

Implementation – At Netherthorpe Primary School we teach English as whole class lessons, so that all children have access to the age-related skills and knowledge contained within the National Curriculum. With the exception of ‘Guided Reading’ and ‘Phonics’ (which is delivered in a group) reading is also taught in whole class sessions. Within lessons, teachers and teaching assistants target support in order to enable all children to achieve at an age-related level wherever possible. This may involve a greater level of scaffolding and access to additional support materials such as Writers Toolkits, Word Banks or a greater level of modelling. It may also involve greater depth learners undertaking an extension of task, showcasing their greater control and understanding in both reading and writing with clear demonstration of higher level comprehension, vocabulary and grammar.

  • Reading

Phonics is timetabled and taught in EYFS and KS1 every day.

Pupils in KS2 who also need phonics will have this delivered when appropriate within the class timetable.

In EYFS and KS1 children have a reading book that is matched to their phonics phase as well as a ‘reading for pleasure’ book that they can also enjoy with an adult. Each child has a reading record book which logs books read and any comments about the texts; parents and teaching staff can write this.

A book banded reading scheme operates across the school which comprises of a range of different schemes. Children work their way through the banded system and then become free readers.

In KS2 children take home a banded book and each child has a reading record book which logs books read and any comments about the texts; parents and teaching staff can write this.

Children are encouraged to read at home every day and this is given high priority.

To supplement children’s physical access to books, every child has access to ‘Bug Club’, an online library of banded books that are assigned to children by teaching staff.

In KS1 guided reading sessions are delivered on a daily basis.

In KS2 ‘Guided Reading’ sessions and/or ‘Reading Detective’ sessions are used to teach children reading skills linked to specific reading domains.

Class stories are read to children on a regular basis throughout school. In Key Stage Two this may take the form of a class novel.

Reading interventions are used to support pupils as well as close gaps in learning. Throughout the school year, the importance of reading will be enhanced through World Book Day and other ‘joint projects’ undertaken around books across year groups, key stages and linked to the wider curriculum.

 

  • Writing

In EYFS and KS1 teaching is based heavily around fiction using the ‘Talk for Writing’ process.  Children are immersed in story language, sequencing and key features, building up an understanding via a quality ‘model’ text.

In Lower KS2 the ‘Talk for Writing’ process is followed for genres of Fiction.

In Upper KS2 children are immersed in quality WAGOLLS which are used to build up an understanding of the genre being studied. This may be linked to a novel they are reading.

We ensure the teaching of writing shows clear progression and in line with the new national curriculum, each year group is teaching the explicit grammar, punctuation and spelling objectives required for specific age groups.

Spelling, punctuation and grammar is taught within writing lessons or as a discrete session.

As well as teaching objectives, teachers are able to embed skills throughout the year in cross-curricular writing opportunities.

Children show their developing vocabulary across subjects via ‘Word Aware’ activities and individual/class word banks. Displays around the classroom also contribute to use of key vocabulary across the curriculum.

Writing interventions are used to support pupils as well as close gaps in learning.

 

  • Speaking and Listening

The four strands of Speaking and Listening (Speaking, Listening, Group Discussion and Interaction, Drama) are used throughout the whole curriculum.

Interactive teaching strategies are used to engage all pupils in order to raise standards in reading and writing.

Children are encouraged to develop effective communication skills in readiness for later life and all staff model clear and effective communication skills themselves.

Children are given regular opportunities to talk about their learning in all subjects.

Children are given regular opportunities to read their work aloud; in class and in more formal situations (class assemblies). This also gives openings for evaluation amongst peers.

Impact – At Netherthorpre Primary School the impact on our children is clear; children are more confident in all areas of English by the time they are in upper KS2 and pupils have made good progress from their own personal starting points.  Are hope is that as children move on from Netherthorpe to further their education and learning, they take with them their creativity, passion and high aspirations in English.

  • Reading

All children are expected to succeed and make progress form their starting points.

Deep dive shows evidence of reading and impact for all pupils across school.

Regular monitoring of subject and working alongside staff.

Children of all abilities achieve in lessons. All children are taught a broad, rich curriculum for reading.

 

  • Writing

All children are expected to succeed and make progress form their starting points.

Deep dive shows evidence of writing and impact for all pupils across school.

Regular monitoring of subject and working alongside staff.

Children of all abilities achieve in lessons. All children are taught a broad, rich curriculum for writing.

Contact the School

Netherthorpe Primary school

Netherthorpe Street
Netherthorpe,
Sheffield, S3 7JA

Main Contact: Elizabeth Gray - Head Teacher

Tel: 0114 272 6834
enquiries@netherthorpe.sheffield.sch.uk