The New Primary Curriculum 2014
The new curriculum aims to promote high standards of language and literacy, by equipping children with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love for literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

The National Curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Read easily, fluently and with understanding.
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions of reading, writing and spoken language.
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
  • Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.
  • Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

Buckden and the New Curriculum
All children receive quality first English teaching on a daily basis and activities are differentiated accordingly. This time will be allocated as English lessons including grammar, punctuation, reading, spelling and handwriting sessions. In addition, it is expected that cross-curricular links will contribute to pupils learning in speaking and listening, reading and writing.

Pupils have access to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts drawn from a number of different schemes. A wide range of reading material is available at each child’s personal reading level.

We provide plenty of reading opportunities for children. These include:

  • shared reading
  • guided reading
  • regular independent reading
  • home/school reading
  • hearing books read aloud on a regular basis
  • selecting own choice of texts including ICT texts
  • reading whole texts
  • reading in other subjects including ICT textsAdditional time is provided on a regular basis for reading supported by the Accelerated Reading (AR) scheme; most children access this at the start of Key Stage 2. There is time set aside for independent reading, using the library, listening to whole class stories and research linked to other subjects. The school has well-stocked libraries that contain fiction and non-fiction texts. The Key Stage 1 library is a banded library which contains the Big Cat, Jolly Phonics and Oxford reading schemes. Alongside this there is a well-stocked range of non-fiction and fiction texts, some of which are linked to the AR reading scheme. The Key Stage 2 library contains fiction texts which are linked to the AR reading scheme and non-fiction texts; which uses the Cambridge Dewey System

Pupils have access to a wide range of writing opportunities that include:

  • Talk for writing’ as an integral part of the process.
  • shared writing
  • guided writing
  • independent writing
  • writing different text types and narrative styles
  • writing in different curriculum areas
  • handwriting practice
  • collaborative writing
  • writing related to own experiences and enjoyment
  • writing from a variety of stimuli
  • planning, drafting, editing and presenting
  • using ICT


English Policy 2015

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