English is a fundamental part of our curriculum at Woodvale. We believe it is vital in developing the children’s ability to express themselves. Our English lessons have a strong focus on vocabulary development. Our children begin their journey in Early Years with a limited vocabulary bank. Through the language skills they acquire from Key Stage 1 and into Key Stage 2 they leave Year 6 with a much wider one. This will help the children to understand ambitious texts and articulate themselves across a broad range of contexts.
At Woodvale, writing lessons are based on the Talk for Writing framework. This is an exciting teaching philosophy which enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally, before reading and analysing it, and then writing their own version both in fiction and non-fiction genres.
Across the school, we teach writing using high-quality texts ranging from picture books to poetry, which sit alongside engaging real-life experiences and school trips. Throughout their time at Woodvale, children will write a variety of high quality texts. Children are taught to become accomplished writers developing their skills in writing a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, including diary entries, newspaper reports, information texts, poems, plays and stories of all kinds. We use drama, storytelling and discussion to stimulate the imagination, then move on to exploring vocabulary, sentence structure and original writing.
Writing opportunities are interwoven across the curriculum, with children applying the knowledge and skills they have acquired in their English lessons.
At the end of their Woodvale journey, the children are equipped with the tools they need to be proficient writers.
Handwriting, Spelling and Grammar
Handwriting at Woodvale is taught discretely, starting with mark making in Early Years and continuing through the school culminating with using legible, joined handwriting in Upper Key Stage 2. From Year 5 onwards children whose handwriting is consistently of a high standard are able to write in pen.
In Years 1 and 2 spellings are taught within daily phonics teaching, following the Letters and Sounds Phonics Scheme. In Years 3 – 6 the National Curriculum statutory word lists are followed. Spellings form a part of weekly homework with children being tested each week.
Throughout the school from Year 1 through to Year 6 grammar forms part of English lessons, linking to the genre being taught whenever possible.