English

Vision

  • At Village we aim to make our children competent and confident users of English. Through a balance of different teaching methods, we aim to help children acquire the skills they need to access all areas of the curriculum and equip them with the ability to communicate effectively in our society. These English skills will also be central to gaining employment and being modern, global citizens. These future citizens will be able to read, write and communicate for a range of purposes. Furthermore, Village pupils will be able to read to a standard that supports the interpretation of information in the 21st Century. They will also be able to communicate in a manner that fully supports British Values, whilst simultaneously being globally aware and cultured, intelligent, modern citizens.
  • Through rigorous English teaching, we aim to enable all of our students to embrace and engage fully with the Key Stage Three and Four Curriculums.
  • We aim to build an English curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills, with a progressive structure.
  • Feedback will be crucial to the development of students in English. Teachers will have sound curriculum knowledge and a solid grasp of children’s English learning journeys. Staff will know where children have been and where they are headed.
  • To design a curriculum with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding in Speech and Language, Reading and Writing as set out in the National Curriculum so that children can reach and exceed their potential at Village Primary.
  • English learning is to be hands on, relevant and engaging to children of all ages and backgrounds. This is essential as teachers aim to tailor the curriculum to the needs of specific learners.
  • Reading, Writing, English and Topics to be linked, where appropriate, with relevant, cross-curricula links that aim to support children’s understanding as they see the interconnectedness of the modern world.  This will be achieved with a rigorous, progressive and engaging English Curriculum.
  • At Village we strive to make children lifelong readers for pleasure and to enhance English progression. This will help children to be critical thinkers and workers in the digital age, with fake news or the prevalence of social media.
  • Children to use English as a vehicle to discuss Philosophy alongside books/current global issues. This will enable pupils to engage critically with news items, potential fake news, internet sources of information and many ‘English related aspects’ of the future world. Children will see and make philosophical links with class novels and interpret issues or storylines so that they can process and evaluate societal issues that link to their lives. In this way, books will enable children to empathise with others and understand the differences in the world that can unite and divide society.
  • At Village we consider a rich, varied and progressive book culture to be essential. Writing is to include a wide range of text types and genres. This will enable children to develop a writing style that encompasses a range of skills across narrative, non-narrative and poetry.
  • Staff adopt an attitude of constantly learning, adapting and modifying best practice. This will help children to overcome hurdles and display a ‘Growth Mindset’ when faced with challenging English tasks.
  • Children are to be supplied with a rigorous phonics programme to support early reading and writing. This is to be rooted in books, context and hands on learning. Phonics is based on a sequential pedagogy that teaches new learning and supports or fixes gaps in knowledge. Phonics is aligned and supported with books so that phonics can start to support early reading.
  • At Village it is our aim to provide opportunities across all curriculum areas for the development and application of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing skills.
  • At Village we have designed a wider curriculum that provides regular opportunities for pupils to use and apply the writing or spoken language skills they have acquired from the English Curriculum. This provides students with a purpose and a motivation that enhances learning.
  • For English lessons to be engaging and involve elements, where appropriate, of active learning. This will help children to learn more, remember more and achieve more. This will increase participation, attainment and support the school’s vision of children having a healthy body and a healthy mind.
  • Children’s ability to read critically will enable them to safeguard themselves now, and in the future, with regard to risk management and critically evaluating the challenges that they face.
  • At Village we aim to be outward facing, modern and reflective. To this end, continuing professional development, and refining of best practice, is key to developing and maintaining sound subject knowledge.