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English

At Knaphill, English forms an integral part of all areas of the curriculum. We are now planning using the National Curriculum and through a range of creative tools and resources, aim to deliver a varied, engaging and enriching curriculum which develops our learners. Children are able to express themselves through a variety of different literary activities at the core of our curriculum. Listening to each other and sharing ideas, thoughts and beliefs enables our learners to develop their ability to communicate effectively. They are also encouraged to participate in assemblies, school productions and present their work within class to ensure that all children become confident speakers.

View our curriculum overview for English
View our English portfolio for each year

We encourage all our pupils to take pride with their work and we have a strong emphasis on high quality presentation. Our school focus following Ofsted, is to ensure all children take care to present their work to the highest standard. We want all our children to show eagerness to improve their work and to respond well to teacher feedback so that they can make even more progress.

View our handwriting and presentation policy for class and home work
We also use Alan Peat Sentence types to support in class

Reading

Inspiring reading is our passion. Our high-quality education in English will teach children 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, children have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature especially plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables children both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. We are committed to enabling our children to become confident, critical readers through our teaching and through their exposure to varied and challenging material. Stories, poetry, drama and media are used to encourage and motivate writing within the school.

View questions you can ask to support your child at home
We also use APE reading prompts in school
View our Colour Band Books Progression chart

Click the links below to view our suggested author list for 7-9 years olds.

Click the links below to view our suggested author list for 9-11 years olds.

Each class has a Reading Ambassador and they help Miss Caglia to audit class book corners and suggest improvements. They also do learning walks in guided reading and set reading competitions.

Writing

We draw on children’s experiences and teach them to write across a range of genre for a variety of different purposes and audiences in a range of subjects. Each term, teachers plan engaging and creative lessons around a book that links to the topic. Teacher’s model high expectations for writing and children are given the opportunity to edit and improve their writing. Neat, cursive writing is encouraged and practised and pupil’s work is displayed to a high standard. Explicit teaching of spelling and grammar informs and aids our children to become more skilled writers. We recognise different learning styles in order to provide a broad and balanced curriculum to develop children’s literacy as a fundamental life skill.

All children at Knaphill have a checklist for their writing called PC Hill. PC Hill is a checklist of things that children need to include in their writing every time they write:

View the PC Hill displays in every classroom
View our writing help sheet

In class, children use writing mats to help them improve their writing. There are 3 types of writing mats used: ‘working towards’, ‘working at the expected standard’ and ‘working at greater depth’.

View the Year 3 writing mat
View the Year 4 writing mat
View the Year 5 writing mat
View the Year 6 writing mat

Spelling

Spellings are set every week for the children to learn. They are stuck into their homework diaries and they are expected to practise at home. Each child is assessed at the beginning of the year to see what spelling level they should be on. Weekly spellings follow a spelling pattern and children are taught different spelling rules as part of the English lesson.

Targets

Each child has a writing target sheet stuck in the front of their English book once initial assessments have been made. They have a clear idea of what they need to do to improve their work and achieve high personal standards and to enable teachers to evaluate the effectiveness of their teaching strategies. Guided Reading is carried out every morning, where a group of children reads with the class teacher once a week and draw on a range of comprehension skills. Each week, children focus on a different objective target and answer questions to help them to understand and interpret variety of texts.

To view the writing target sheets for each year, click on the links below:

Year 2 Writing I can targets
Year 3 Writing I can targets
Year 4 Writing I can targets
Year 5 Writing I can targets
Year 6 Writing I can targets

To view the reading target sheets for each year, click on the links below

Year 2 Reading I can targets
Year 3 Reading I can targets
Year 4 Reading I can targets
Year 5 Reading I can targets
Year 6 Reading I can targets

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