Subject Leader: Mrs S Youd and Mrs J Johnson
The Curriculum at Holme upon Spalding Moor Primary School
The Intent, implementation and Impact of our Curriculum – of English
At Holme upon Spalding Moor Primary School, English and the teaching of English is the foundation of our engaging curriculum. Our main aim is to ensure that every single child becomes literate and progresses in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. English at Holme upon Spalding Moor is not only a daily lesson, but is one of the foundations of the entire curriculum. It is embedded within all our lessons and we strive for a high level of English for all. Through using high-quality texts, immersing children in a vocabulary-rich learning environment and ensuring that a progression of skills are met, the children at Holme upon Spalding Moor are exposed to a creative and continuous English curriculum. This not only enables them to become confident readers but also develops within them a love of reading, creative writing and purposeful speaking and listening.
Reading comprehension skills are not only taught explicitly throughout the week, in discreet sessions, but also through our focused English text in class. Phonics is taught in phonic-phased groups daily in Year 1 and Year 2 and children are continuously assessed to make sure that progress is being made and that timely intervention is offered for children who need additional phonic support. Throughout the school, vulnerable children are identified and ‘Priority Reader’ lists are created to ensure individual needs are met. Time is given so that children have time to read with class teachers, teaching assistants or STAR readers (who volunteer at the school) to help build confidence and fluency. Reading is celebrated at Holme upon Spalding Moor when a child also regularly reads at home. Children are also presented with certificates when they visit the Mobile Library Service in the village. Each classroom (space dependent) has their own reading area which further engages children to read independently and the school offers a range of new titles through the East Riding School’s Library Service. In addition to this, throughout the school year the importance of reading is enhanced through World Book Day, Scholastic Book Fairs, Reading Challenges and Assemblies.
As Holme upon Spalding Moor we ensure that the teaching of writing is purposeful, robust and shows clear progression for all children. In line with the Primary National Curriculum, we ensure that each year group is teaching the explicit grammar, punctuation and spelling objectives required for that age group. As well as teaching the objectives, teachers are able to embed the skills throughout the year in cross-curricular writing opportunities and ensure that most children are achieving the objectives at the expected level and additionally children can achieve at a greater depth standard. Most writing is taught through the use of a quality text which exposes the children to a wide range of rich vocabulary, a range of punctuation and characterisation. Each text is purposefully selected in order to promote a love of reading, engagement and high quality writing from each child.
All year groups use the same format for assessing reading and writing (O-Track), the objectives have been produced in line with the end of Key Stage assessment frameworks as published by the Department for Education.
The impact on our children is clear: progress, sustained learning and transferrable skills. Children are thoroughly taught basic skills which enable them to become confident and imaginative writers who can write at length, for a variety of different purposes, using the correct grammar and punctuation skills. As all aspects of English are an integral part of the curriculum, cross curricular writing standards continue to improve and skills taught in the English lesson are transferred into other subjects; this shows consolidation of skills and a deeper understanding of how and when to use specific grammar, punctuation and grammar objectives. We hope that as children move forward in their education that their creativity, passion for English and high aspirations travel with them and continue to grow and develop as they do.