English

English at Elburton
Our Aims
 
At Elburton Primary School we firmly believe that English is a vital way of communicating both now and in the future. All children are provided with access to a high quality English curriculum that develops children’s love of reading, writing and discussion so that they have the speaking, listening, reading and writing skills for future success. It enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively.
 
Children learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media text. We aim to inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage and a habit of reading widely and often. We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts.
 
We want to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and who can use discussion to communicate and further their learning. We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in English, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum.
 
We believe that a secure basis in literacy skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society and this is reflected in our school’s mission statement: “Inspiring today’s children for tomorrow’s world.”
 
How do we do this?
 
These aims are embedded across our English lessons and throughout the wider curriculum. We have a rigorous and well organised English curriculum that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion. Teachers plan their English units around high quality texts, exciting experiences or topical issues that motivate their learners and promote high standards of written and spoken English.
 
Our curriculum closely follows the aims of the National Curriculum.  Children make good progress in early reading through the use of the RWI programme from reception to year 2. We use a wide variety of quality texts and resources to motivate and inspire our children. We also provide a wealth of enrichment opportunities, from taking part in local projects such as the Page 4 of 14 Mayflower 400 project to school poetry and creative writing competitions. This ensures that children benefit from access to positive role models from the local and wider locality. We also aim to broaden the children’s literal appreciation and understanding through regular author visits to promote a love of reading.
 
Impact
 
The school has a supportive ethos and our approaches support the children in developing their collaborative and independent skills, as well as empathy and the need to recognise the achievement of others. Our approach to English helps to address misconceptions and confidence issues by ensuring that all children experience challenge and success in English by developing a growth mindset.
 
As a result of our high quality English provision, we have a community of enthusiastic readers and writers who enjoy showcasing their developing literacy knowledge and skills. Standards of written work across the curriculum and through cross-curricular links are to a consistently high standard and our learners take a real pride in the work they produce. They are confident to take risks in their reading and writing, and love to discuss and share their ideas.
 
To view our policies, curriculum design in more depth please click on the tabs below. 
Miss E Marriott English ALead
English Subject Policies
Curriculum Progression Documents
 Reading Support Materials for Parents
Reading Vipers - Questions to support home reading
Recommended Books for Key Stage 1
Recommended Books for Key Stage 2
What is Accelerated Reader and why do we use it?
Accelerater Reader Information and Book Guide
 
Accelerated Reader is a computerised programme that has not only been specifically designed to improve children’s reading ability and continue to raise their reading age, but also to encourage and nurture a love  of reading that will continue into adulthood.

The Accelerated Reader Program works by identifying a child’s ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) which is essentially a selection of books that will not only match their ability, but will also challenge them and develop their vocabulary. Each child in Y3-6 has sat a short online comprehension test in order to determine their ZPD. Using the outcomes of these tests, children will be directed to choose books from the class library that fall within this range and when they have finished the book, they will take a short, electronic quiz that assesses their understanding of what they have read. This enables us as teachers to have meaningful discussions about a child’s reading: what they have learnt and how we can help them to develop. It also enables us to closely monitor individual reading progress and ensure that children are selecting books that are challenging enough to meet their individual needs.

At Elburton Primary School, we want pupils to appreciate how valuable and rewarding reading can be and dedicated time is built into our curriculum for independent reading. 

To access a parents guide on the scheme please click on the link below. 

Parents guide to Accelerated Reader 

 

AR Bookfinder 

You can help your child choose books that are both interesting and enjoyable with AR Book Finder.

We have attached a guide to this for your information.

Useful Information- Reading