At Chapelford Village Primary school, we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills. Through the English curriculum, we will help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language and equip them with the skills to become lifelong learners. We aim to develop these skills through an integrated programme of Speaking & Listening, Reading & Writing.
Literacy is at the heart of all children’s learning. Literacy enables children both to communicate with others effectively for a variety of purposes and to examine their own and others’ experiences, feelings and ideas, giving these order and meaning. Because Literacy is central to children’s intellectual, emotional and social development it has an essential role across the curriculum at Chapelford Village Primary school and helps pupils’ learning to be coherent and progressive.
We place great emphasis on developing the links between reading and writing and our children’s independent writing evolves from quality shared class reading texts over a half term. We specifically select these quality texts to link in with our topic and pupils interests, thus immersing the children in the quality texts over a period of time. As a school we encourage a reading rich environment and staff model the enthusiasm and passion for reading to ensure that our pupils are exposed to rich and stimulating texts that support the development of vocabulary, imagination and key language skills.
At the start of the Autumn Term 20 we followed the CPLE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) unit of work based around the text Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers#CLPEWordsForTheWorld. This literacy based unit of work enabled the school to use a single text to support effective transition back into school. The age (or stage) appropriate activities provided opportunities for children to use writing for a range of purposes including personal response, shared reading and meaning- making. This unit places literacy at the heart of the school’s recovery and recalibration curriculum.
At Chapelford Village Primary School we strive for all of our children to be literate. By the end of Year 6 we aim for all children to be able to:
- be effective, competent communicators and good listeners;
- express opinions, articulate feelings and formulate responses to a range of texts both fiction and non-fiction using appropriate technical vocabulary;
- foster an interest in words and their meanings, and to develop a growing vocabulary in both spoken and written form;
- have an interest in books and to read for enjoyment, engaging with and understanding a range of text types and genres;
- be able to write in a variety of styles and forms showing awareness of audience and purpose;
- develop powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness in all areas of literacy;
- use grammar and punctuation accurately;
- understand spelling conventions;
- produce effective, well-presented written work.
Click on the National Curriculum image for the National Curriculum programme of study for English.