At Boughton Leigh we believe that a quality curriculum should teach the skills of phonics and early reading, develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We aim to inspire an appreciation of a rich and varied literary heritage and a habit of reading widely and often. We offer a nurturing culture in which children take pride in their writing, can write clearly, accurately, adapting their language and style for a range of contexts. We want to motivate children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening, using 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 in progression with regular assessment as they advance through the primary curriculum. It is also important that pupils develop a secure basis in English skills allowing them to access a high-quality wider education.
In Year 1 and 2 we teach the children a range of punctuation and grammar, and support children to write their own compositions as well as developing their ideas through shared and supported techniques. Children are then able to use these skills to write confidently at other times of the day too, not just in their Read Write Inc. lessons.
Once children have completed the RWI Program they continue their spelling journey through our RWI Spelling Program which is taught every day at the beginning of their lesson. All English lessons are planned around a high-quality, age-appropriate text covering a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Grammar and punctuation are taught through these lessons through a range of planned activities to equip the children with key skills to apply through their independent writing. Vocabulary and word choices are explored together and displayed for children to access and use.
Handwriting teaching begins in the early years with teachers planning activities for children to develop their gross and fine motor skills. We follow the Read, Write, Inc. scheme for handwriting; children have daily handwriting lessons and are expected to apply the skills learnt in these sessions in all their written work. Once the children can form their letters correctly and write their ascenders and descenders securely they then learn to join their handwriting. Each week we celebrate our children’s efforts with handwriting by selecting a child from each class to receive our ‘Handwriting Award’.
Assessment for Learning is embedded throughout our RWI and English lessons and children are active in reviewing the successes in their work and that of their peers. With guidance from their teacher, they identify areas for development and then edit and improve their work.