English

English is vital as it is our means of communicating with the world around us and accessing the written word and all that this opens up to us. It promotes creativity, accuracy and pleasure in the use of language and should provide a context for cross-curricular links, the growth of imagination and a critical awareness in every area of learning.
English is taught both discretely in English lessons where children learnt he building blocks of the English language through the teaching of phonics, spelling, grammar and punctuation as well as across the curriculum where children use their written skills in a range of types of writing. At Wicklea we believe that it is vital that children apply their learning in creative writing opportunities that give children opportunities to write for different audiences and purposes. Children have the opportunity to study a range of types of books and authors in English lessons and each year group has at least 2 text-based weeks where they concentrate on a longer text.
 
Wicklea children love to read and each year group have their own reading area in which to select books. Children read daily at school in a rage of contexts, reading with adults and peers. Drama, debating, presentations and speeches are all part of the rich fabric of the English curriculum where children speak confidently to large and small audiences.

English lessons last between an hour and an hour and a half, and may include any or all of the elements of English, but there is an emphasis on accurate, exciting writing. Children are encouraged to develop their vocabulary through reading high quality texts and the use of a Thesaurus. Marking is rigorous and detailed. Younger children have books marked with the child alongside where possible. This means work can be discussed and questions asked orally. As they progress through the school, comments are made to which the children do respond. A short target is generally set individually for the child to complete before embarking on the next lesson, this enables marking to be personalised.

We follow the National Curriculum and will be teaching from the new version from September 2014. The statutory requirements are listed here, year by year. All children will follow this. Pupils are challenged constantly through using different targets each lesson. The most able are also extended using the AIM programme for “Able, Interested and Motivated” children. Children who struggle will be supported when necessary with a range of different interventions.