At Christ Church we aim to offer high-quality teaching and learning to develop a love of literature, through daily reading and writing, in a variety of teaching approaches. Through a collaborative and inclusive approach, we aim to instil confidence and competence into our children in reading, writing and speaking and listening. Children are given opportunities to read for pleasure as well as for information, by reading widely and often. Children are exposed to high quality texts from a range of authors, aimed at improving vocabulary, sentence structure and writing style.
Through discussion, presentation and formal writing our children will be able to participate and explain themselves clearly; preparing them for life outside the classroom.
Children are encouraged to take pride in their written work, writing for real life purposes and audiences, whilst adapting their language and style appropriately. They are also expected to present written work to a high quality using Standard English.
At the heart of our English curriculum, are a range of texts, which are high quality, age-appropriate, cross-curricular and relevant to our children. These have been carefully matched not only to our themes, but also to the children in the different cohorts. Fluidity and progression is at the core, ensuring that there is complete coverage of National Curriculum objectives, whilst secure teacher subject knowledge allows flexibility of texts dependent on children’s interests and ability.
All children in our school, receive a daily English lesson. In EYFS and Key Stage 1 children have daily phonics sessions following letters and sounds and material from CLPE. In Key Stage 2, we utilise National Curriculum spelling resources to inform the delivery of spelling and grammar. Year 2 to Year 5 undertake weekly spelling tests, which are sent home at the beginning of each half term.
Reading sessions throughout the school are delivered daily, using a range of teaching approaches including, reading aloud, individual, guided, shared and peer coaching. Children are given the opportunity to discuss texts and expect to record in a formal way to reflect their understanding and to rehearse necessary handwriting, grammar and spelling skills. We appreciate the support of our families in encouraging their child to read often at home and interact with them regarding their text. Home reading logs are checked regularly to ensure that this is taking place.
Handwriting and spelling are taught together. Our children adopt a cursive style and when this is consistent and legible children will receive a pen licence and a pen to celebrate their success.
To encourage and promote enjoyment in reading and writing, events take place often and throughout the year. These include author visits, library visits, World Book Day, Book Bus, parent open lessons and workshops and assemblies.
The impact on our children is clear: progress, sustained learning and transferrable skills. With the implementation of the writing journey being well established and taught thoroughly in both key stages, children are becoming more confident writers and by the time they are in upper Key Stage 2, most genres of writing are familiar to them and the teaching can focus on creativity, writer’s craft, sustained writing and manipulation of grammar and punctuation skills. Our children will develop good lifelong reading habits eg reading for pleasure and reading for information. They will read audibly, accurately and coherently adapting their voice to suit a range of purposes, audience and text types. Children will talk positively about their English.
All teachers will be competent and confident in all areas of English teaching and will be able to provide and receive feedback within peer teams. Teachers will understand English progression across the school. This will assist Christ Church in maintaining good end-of-key stage outcomes, aiming to stay in line with Wirral, and striving to be in line with national figures.
We hope that as children move on from us to further their education and learning that their creativity, passion for English and high aspirations travel with them and continue to grow and develop as they do.