In this section of the website, you will find information about our approach to teaching English at Neville’s Cross.
What does English look like at Neville’s Cross?
At Neville’s Cross, English and the teaching of English is embedded throughout our curriculum. English at Neville’s Cross is not just a stand-alone lesson and instead we view it as a vital part of our children’s whole development; we provide our children with many exciting, enjoyable opportunities and experiences, to develop their English skills throughout all subject areas. Our curriculum is designed to ensure that all of our children will be able to confidently communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions through their reading, writing and language. We place great importance on providing our children with a variety of high quality texts, which will inspire them to develop as life-long readers, writers and linguists. Our texts are carefully chosen by staff to be progressive, varied and engaging so children are regularly exposed to a variety of authors, genres and styles, to broaden their wider vocabulary and interests. Texts are often linked to class projects for continuity of learning and children explore and analyse their texts in whole class reading skills and writing lessons as well as enjoying the simple pleasures of listening to their teachers read them their ‘class novel’ every day. We believe that reading is a key tool for life and teaching our children to become articulate readers is absolutely integral to what we do at Neville’s Cross, ensuring that they possess the essential skills and enthusiasm to learn for the rest of their lives. We begin this in our Early Years Foundation Stage by teaching children the key skills in blending and segmenting through teaching daily phonics sessions, using the systematic ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme alongside encouraging our children to read for enjoyment in our inviting classroom reading areas. We ensure that our children develop a secure knowledge base in English and set important foundations for spelling and grammar, following a clear pathway of progression from Nursery to Year 6, using the 2014 National Curriculum. We nurture a culture in which children can take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. We place high standards on presentation and we follow the ‘Penpals’ scheme for handwriting to ensure that children develop a clear and consistent cursive script, preparing them for their secondary education. We value the importance of this alongside their basic skills and children are encouraged to check their ‘non-negotiables’ in every piece of work that they complete, regardless of the subject area. We view writing as a creative process rather than as an end result and we ensure that our children at Neville’s Cross can refine and edit their writing over time, developing their independence and resilience to improve their own work. We recognise every child as an individual and we do not place ceilings on what they can achieve in English; we ensure that every child is supported to make progress along their school journey with us and we always celebrate their successes.
Intent, Implementation and Impact:
- The Intent provides information on the provision of English.
- The Implementation provides the subject overview detailing how English is taught.
- The Impact shows improvements seen as a result of our implementation of English.