Our English Curriculum
English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach children to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, our children have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; children who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.
For I have plans for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper and not harm you. To give hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
The full Intent, Implementation and Impact document is below.
At Wellfield we follow the 'Letters & Sounds' programme supported by the Jolly Phonics actions. Phonics is taught in small groups every day in Classes R, 1 and 2.
We hold an annual Phonics Information Evening where we outline our teaching strategies to parents to help them support their children in learning to read.
Some of the resources from the evening are available here:
We are all well aware of the importance of reading and how lack of reading stamina disadvantages children not only in exams but in their future prospects in the work place and society.
Lancashire Authority have designated the Spring of 2018 to the Spring of 2019 as a “Let’s Get Reading” Year in which all schools, libraries, children and young people’s services work together to promote reading in all its guises.
At Wellfield we are taking the pledge to do all we can to raise the profile of reading in our District 12 We Are Reading cluster group. Although the project officially ends in the Spring of 2019 we have had so much fun that we are sure the good practice and enthusiasm generated will be sustained beyond that and will enrich the reading cultures of schools within our district.
We had a great time at our very first ‘Snuggle Up with a Book’ evening on Monday 3rd December.
We invited our reception and Key Stage 1 children back to school dressed in their snuggliest PJs with a cushion and their favourite teddy. Storyteller Rogan Mills ran a fantastic bedtime story session with the children before enjoying some tasty bedtime refreshments and retiring home to bed. Let's get excited about reading together!
Schools taking part in the District 12 - We Are Reading campaign took part in an exciting Tales on the Turf event which aimed at celebrating children who had shown exceptional effort and achievement in reading.
We enjoyed a fun packed day; taking part in reading workshops, swapping books with other schools, meeting storyteller Rogan Mills and even having a reading and workshop with author and environmentalist Sarah Roberts!
Seven years ago, Chris Evans had a dream: to get children excited about reading and writing. All children, no matter what their ability. 500 Words is now one of the most successful story-writing competitions for kids in the world: Three quarters of a million children have written a story for them over the years!
It’s very simple. Entrants write an original story on any subject or theme in 500 Words or fewer and submit it online. If they win, their story will be read live on the radio by a superstar celebrity…like Julie Walters, David Walliams, Tom Hiddleston, Sir Kenneth Branagh, Jeremy Irons, or Sherlock himself – Benedict Cumberbatch. Each year, 10 million Radio 2 listeners hear, read and love these stories.
This year, Wellfield have decided to encourage children to enter by planning and producing our stories at school. We will send these stories home so, if you want to enter, all you need to do is follow the link below.
Thank you for attending our Writing Workshop. We hope it gave you a better understanding of expectations in writing across each year group and how they progress.
If you missed out and want to catch up on any information, please see the information below.
Take a look at the spelling expectations for each year group...
As children now undertake statutory Spelling, punctuation and Grammar tests in Year 6 and optional tests in Year 2, it is vital that grammar skills are taught consistently throughout the year groups.
Formal testing for standards in spelling, punctuation and grammar do not occur in other year groups but teacher assessments will take these areas into account when assessing children to be working towards, secure or working above age related expectations.
For more information about what is expected in other year groups, please see the grammar and spelling expectations by year group above.
It is very important that children read a minimum of three times a week and every day if at all possible to support the move from blending to fluency and comprehension.
Take a look at these prompts you can use to support children's understanding of what they read at home:
Children in Years 2 and 6 complete statutory SATS testing in reading. In all other year groups, teacher assessment will take place to ensure children are making good progress against their year group expectations.