The English curriculum at Chetwynd Primary Academy is broad, balanced and creative, going beyond the classroom and permeating throughout our Irresistible Curriculum. We understand the importance of a vocabulary-rich curriculum, and English is a strong feature of all lessons which is essential to help develop the key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
The importance of English is emphasised by the 'Moving English Forward' document produced by Ofsted in 2012:
"There can be no more important subject than English in the school curriculum. English is a pre-eminent world language, it is at the heart of our culture and it is the language medium in which most of our pupils think and communicate. Literacy skills are also crucial to pupils' learning in other subjects across the curriculum."
Discrete English lessons take place daily, where Rainbow Grammar is taught and embedded fully to allow children to experiment with sentence structures that match audience and purpose. Writing is very often based upon 'real-life' purposes and is linked to the objectives set out in the National Curriculum. Each year group has blocked units where specified genres are explored and these are designed to maximise learning opportunities linked to their topics.
Wherever possible, the units are also linked to high-quality texts (written or film) that add to the immersion of the topics. All staff have access to year group overview for genre coverage, a more detailed grid identifying texts and links to topics and knowledge organisers to ensure coverage and progression.
Handwriting skills are taught and practiced regularly across the school.
We are very proud of our teaching and learning of Phonics at Chetwynd Primary Academy which follows the teaching sequence set out in the NCC 2013 Letters and Sounds Revised Programme (Formally the Letters and Sounds - The Primary National Strategy 2007 programme). High quality phonics sessions are taught daily in FS2 and Key Stage 1. Sessions are 20 mins long and these sessions are enhanced by a multi-sensory teaching approach being aware of different learning styles including, visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners. In Key Stage 2 sessions are taught dependent on need.
(see 'Spelling' link for further information on or Spelling Curriculum).
We have recently started using the 'Sounds and Syllables' system to teach and develop spelling skills from Year Two onwards. This involves breaking down words into syllables and sounds, focusing on the smallest units of sound and whereabouts within a word that children go wrong, rather than on the entire word being wrong. Pupils see greater degrees of success with the accuracy of their spelling, knowing that they may spell three quarters of a word correctly. They are taught four steps: say it, snip it, sound it and target it.