Language and Literacy
At Whittonstall and Broomley First Schools teachers work to develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English will be taught as both a subject in its own right and as a medium for teaching other subjects.Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.
Pupils will be taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English. They will learn to justify ideas with reasons; ask questions to check understanding; develop vocabulary and build knowledge; negotiate; evaluate and build on the ideas of others; and select the appropriate register for effective communication. They will be taught to give well-structured descriptions and explanations and develop their understanding through speculating, hypothesising and exploring ideas. This will enable them to clarify their thinking as well as organise their ideas for writing.
Reading and Writing
Teachers will develop pupils’ reading and writing in all subjects to support their acquisition of knowledge. Pupils will be taught to read fluently, understand extended prose (both fiction and non-fiction) and be encouraged to read for pleasure. We will do everything to promote wider reading through the provision of library facilities and by setting ambitious expectations for reading at home. Pupils will develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation. They will be taught the correct use of grammar. They will build on what they have been taught to expand the range of their writing and the variety of the grammar they use. The writing they do will include narratives, explanations, descriptions, comparisons, summaries and evaluations: this will support them in rehearsing, understanding and consolidating what they have heard or read. Where possible this writing will be linked to real life situations and experiences.
At Whittonstall and Broomley First School we understand that pupils’ acquisition and command of vocabulary are key to their learning and progress across the whole curriculum. Teachers will therefore develop vocabulary actively, building systematically on pupils’ current knowledge. They will aim to increase pupils’ store of words in general; simultaneously, they will also make links between known and new vocabulary and discuss the shades of meaning in similar words. In this way, pupils will expand the vocabulary choices that are available to them when they write. In addition, we recognise it is vital for pupils’ comprehension that they understand the meanings of words they meet in their reading across all subjects, and older pupils will be taught the meaning of instruction verbs that they may meet in examination questions. It is particularly important to induct pupils into the language which defines each subject in its own right, such as accurate mathematical and scientific language.
Purpose of Study
English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will be provided which will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils will have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially,will play a key role in such development. Reading will also enable pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.
The overarching aim for English at Whittonstall and Broomley First School is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. Our curriculum will ensure that all pupils: