At Northwick Manor, reading is a priority so that our pupils can access the full curriculum. Reading is taught not only in specific reading lessons but across the wider curriculum too. It helps play a key role in ‘knowing more, remembering more and connecting learning’. Using quality texts, we aim to provide models to support reading development and connect learning across the curriculum in each year group. We provide language-rich classroom environments and a curriculum where children are exposed to, and actively engage with, high quality language in varying forms in a meaningful, deliberate and engaging way. Language acquisition and its use is at the core of all the reading, writing and communication we expect of our pupils.
At Northwick Manor, we aim to develop a love of reading in all our children. This is supported by the teaching of phonics for decoding from the outset, along with other reading skills such as inference and retrieval for developing comprehension of the text. We provide children with the reading skills they need to read a broad range of texts. By the end of Key Stage One, our children will already be successful, fluent decoders through the delivery of consistent high quality, systematic synthetic phonics teaching from EYFS until the end of KS1 (following the Letters and Sounds programme) as well as individualised support. They understand that they use their phonics knowledge as the first tool when tackling new words in reading and writing but also understand that automatic recognition of whole words is the ultimate goal. They will also have a growing understanding of text meaning which will be further developed during Key Stage 2
Children will leave Northwick Manor as competent readers, who can recommend books to their peers, have a thirst for reading a wide range of high-quality texts across the genres, participate in discussions about books and have an established love of reading for life.
Our aim at Northwick Manor is to encourage children to be independent writers for a range of audiences and purposes across different text types. They use the writing process to help support ‘knowing more, remembering more and to connect learning’. Pupils will be taught to apply their writing skills across all curriculum subjects and themes which have been carefully developed around quality, challenging texts. Very often, well-chosen high-quality texts, used in the development of English, link to our chosen study periods in History. For example, Year 6: Goodnight Mr Tom dovetails the History strand ‘How did World War II affect life on the home front?’. We constantly strive to create a classroom environment and language rich curriculum where children are exposed to high quality language in varying form in a meaningful, deliberate and engaging way, involving the pupils as active participants. Language acquisition and its use is at the core of all the reading, writing, and communication we expect of our pupils and children are given many opportunities to rehearse their writing through talk. We want children to become independent writers for a range of audiences and purposes across different text types. We want children to make well-informed and considered word choices to produce confident writers, who can compose, edit and improve their writing.
N.C. Aims: The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum 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. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
• read easily, fluently and with good understanding
• develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
• acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
• appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
• write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
• use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
• are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.