Our writing, grammar and spelling coordinator is:
Miss L Eke
English at Towngate Primary Academy
It is our intention when teaching the English curriculum that our pupils acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to become lifelong learners and linguists. We strive to ensure that all our pupils receive a well-rounded learning experience when reading, writing, speaking and listening which will equip them with the fundamental tools to achieve in the academy and beyond. It is our intention to immerse pupils in the wonders of quality texts to instil a love for reading, a passion for discovery and a confidence to explore their imagination through our Book-Led curriculum.
English is a core subject of the National Curriculum and a prerequisite for educational and social progress as it underpins the work undertaken in all areas of the curriculum.The acquisition of language skills is of the upmost importance to us here at Towngate and therefore the teaching of all aspects English is given a high priority within school. Confidence in basic language skills enables children to communicate creatively and imaginatively, preparing them for their future journey through education and beyond.
- Our aim is to ensure that every child becomes a reader, a writer and confident speaker by the time they leave Towngate Primary Academy.
- To promote and instill a love for reading, writing and high-quality literature into pupils at all ages.
- To derive an English curriculum which is sequences to develop the acquisition of knowledge and skills.
Writing Curriculum Intentions:
At Towngate Primary Academy, it is our intention to provide pupils with a high-quality education in English that will develop pupils' ability to speak, read and write with great fluency, master the mechanics of both reading and writing and develop a love and a true interest for English so that they can communicate their thoughts, ideas and emotions effectively.
Writing is an integral part of our curriculum. All children from Foundation Stage to Year 6 are provided with many opportunities to develop and apply their writing skills across the curriculum. It is our intention that pupils develop a clear understanding of the writing process in order to establish themselves as an author in their own right. Through our book-led curriculum, we foster pupils' interest in writing and offer a reason and context for writing which enables the children to write for purpose and audience. Pupils are taken on a writing journey which builds their knowledge of writing for context and purpose, allows the opportunities for the children to explore a variety of genres, planning, drafting and re-drafting their writing. In order to establish this, pupils will develop their knowledge of genre features, audience, language and effective composition. It is our intention to broaden our pupils' exposure to high level vocabulary to allow pupils to apply their understanding of vocabulary and grammatical features within and across the English curriculum.
We intend that pupils learn how to understand the relationships between words, word meaning, implied meaning and figurative language within writing lessons, whilst ensuring that children are supported in their spelling strategies. We intend that pupils will be taught to control their speaking and writing consciously and to use correct Standard English.
Writing Curriculum Implementation:
Our English curriculum is derived around a sequence of high quality age-appropriate texts. We use each book to create opportunities to develop reading fluency and comprehension with a focus on key reading strategies and skills; develop grammar and punctuation knowledge and understanding to use and apply across the wider curriculum; explore the writing structure and features of different genres, identify the purpose and audience; plan and write an initial piece of writing with a clear context and purpose before evaluating the effectiveness of writing by editing and redrafting.
Book-Led Curriculum Approach to Writing
At Towngate, we believe that writing is strengthened by instilling a love for reading within our pupils. We value the importance of reading to supplement writing, providing a purpose and a context to writing. We believe that pupils who are provided a reason for writing demonstrate flair and effective writing composition, leading to high quality outcomes. Every half term, the English curriculum is taught by studying a high quality text where writing opportunities are derived from this. Each week, the children are taught to develop an understanding of the texts through reading comprehension - exploring the key themes, events, and plot of the texts being studied. From this element of the curriculum, pupils are taught the grammar from the National Curriculum which is taught to correspond to the genres being written as part of the writing process. Children are then supported in how to apply the grammatical content taught in identifying features of a high quality modelled text, before progressing to plan, write and re-draft a written piece which is fit for purpose and audience.
Reading for Pleasure
At Towngate, we believe that writing is strengthened by instilling a love for reading within our pupils. We value the importance of reading to supplement writing, which is not only celebrated in classrooms here at Towngate Primary Academy. Around school, you will find displays which celebrate authors - including our author of the term displays, inspiring reading corners and spaces, children’s favourite book, authors, genres and recommended reads. At Towngate, we celebrate reading throughout every phase in the academy: we offer First Steps Together sessions for our Nursery pupils and parents, Book Shares in both Early Years and Key Stage One, Story Sharing sessions with the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher, reading open sessions, as well as implementing a book-led curriculum across all phases. In addition, throughout the school year the importance of reading is enhanced through World Book Day, author and poet visits, Shakespeare Week, Book Fairs and sponsored reading events to further enrich our English curriculum.
Each week, we spend time enjoying reading for pleasure in our classrooms during a dedicated reading for pleasure time. When we read for pleasure, pupils are able to choose the books they wish to read and enjoy, can choose to share a book with a peer, read the 'Picture News' newspapers to read about the world around them, choose to read topic books related to our wider curriculum or listen to an adult in the classroom reading aloud to the children. Additionally, at 3.00pm everyday, pupils end the school day by sharing a story in their classrooms; adults read a class book aloud to the children to further promote a love for reading into every school day.
We firmly believe that at Towngate Primary Academy, if we support pupils in establishing a love for reading and expose them to high quality vocabulary, this has a significant impact on pupils ability to become authors and developing their own, individualised style of writing.
Language Acquisition & Vocabulary Development
We endeavour to ensure we provide our pupils with a 'language rich' environment; we do this with our links to the School Library Service, which ensures we have a wide range of texts displayed around our academy, to correlate with our wider curriculum. We work closely with a range of book fairs in raising the profile of reading to ensure we share the importance of reading with our parents, carers and wider community. Within our classrooms, we explore ambitious vocabulary across the wider curriculum to ensure we acquire an understanding of tricky language across the wider curriculum through the use of our knowledge organisers and working walls.
At Towngate Primary Academy, we aim to share our vision of high aspirations for all of our pupils through our high expectations across the wider curriculum; by setting these high expectations, our pupils are aware of the standards we expect in all lessons and learning opportunities.
We strive to ensure that our children's attainment is in line or exceeds their potential when we consider the varied starting points of all our children. We measure this using a range of materials, whilst always considering the expectations for each year group. Children will make at least good progress in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening from their last point of statutory assessment or from their starting point in Nursery. We intend the impact of our English curriculum will ensure our pupils are academically prepared for life beyond primary school and throughout their educational journey. We believe that through the book-led approach we have developed for the pupils of Towngate, that pupils foster a love for reading and an interest in reading for pleasure. We also strive to ensure that pupils work hard to ensure that children will be able to produce written work in all areas of the curriculum of a similar standard which evidence good progress from their last point of statutory assessment point or their starting point in Nursery.
British Values in English
At Towngate Primary Academy, our values are at the heart of all we do: within our English teaching in the academy, we strive to provide opportunities for pupils to develop their own core values whilst instilling the Fundamental British Values in many opportunities within units of work. Here are some examples of how we consolidate our pupils' understanding of British Values hand in hand with our own English curriculum:
Pupils will learn about democracy through the choice of English literature used. Examples of this include Shakespeare's Macbeth which is studied during Shakespeare Week, The Hobbit (a classic fiction text written by JRR Tolkien), Street Child and Goodnight Mr Tom.
- Individual Liberty:
Pupils will develop their individual liberty through freedom and choice of the content, audience and purpose of their writing (including developing and justifying own opinions).
- Tolerance and Mutual Respect:
Pupils will learn about mutual respect through exploring character's relationships, friendships and behaviours. Children will be provided with the opportunity to discuss, debate and justify their own views and opinions, which in turn will develop empathy for others. Children will read and write about others' personal experiences through autobiography work, non-fiction texts and narrative work.
- Rule of Law
Texts are chosen to provide our pupils with a chance to explore the rule of the law in an age-appropriate manner.
Please see our twitter feed to explore our English curriculum in further detail!
Take a look at the recommended texts for your child's year group as published by Explore Learning:
100 books to read before you leave primary school:
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
The National Association for the Teaching of English ran a survey to find teachers’ top 100 fiction books all children should read before leaving primary school.
At Towngate, we are committed to ensuring all pupils develop a life-long love for reading before embarking on their next phase of education.
Support your child in developing a love for reading by aiming to read each of the texts suggested before leaving primary school!