Our aim is to ensure that…
• Every child can communicate effectively through speaking and writing
• Every child enjoys reading and can make choices about what they read.
• Every child can reflect on their work, take pride in it and suggest ways to improve it.
Our vision is for all children to become fluent, resilient readers with a love of books and authors. We therefore offer children a varied reading experience based on high quality texts, which include stories, information books, poems and playscripts. We ensure that children have opportunities to read independently, with their peers, with adults and also to have stories read to them. Throughout school, we teach children a range of strategies to tackle new sounds, new words and new concepts.
Phonics is the building blocks of reading and writing and equips children with the skills needed to become independent readers and writers . There are 44 sounds in the English language, which we put together to form words. In phonics, children are taught these sounds and how to match them to letters.
Chorlton Park has a structured approach to the teaching of phonics based on 'Letters and Sounds', which begins on entry to the Nursery and continues throughout the school, incorporating spelling strategies and rules. There are two elements of teaching phonics: segmenting words (breaking them down into syllables and sounds) which supports writing, and blending (putting sounds and syllables together) which supports reading. Throughout the teaching of phonics, children are also introduced to common exception words, whch do not follow the conventions taught, like 'the' and 'said' .
We have a fantastic, well-resourced library at Chorlton Park which is open after school until 3.45pm. We encourage children, parents and carers to visit it as often as possible.
At Chorlton Park School, we believe in giving all children the chance to develop as skilled and creative writers, who can write effectively for a range of audiences and purposes.
The teaching of writing is delivered in a creative, stimulating and cross-curricular way, linked to our Big Question topics and based on high quality books and texts (Our English Long Term Plans for each year group can be found in the list on the right). Children are taught a range of skills based on the National Curriculum (2014) which they use to write different types of narrative texts, information texts, poems and play scripts. Spelling, grammar and vocabulary are taught in discrete sessions as well as during English lessons and children are shown how to punctuate and structure their writing correctly, becoming fluent with the relevant terminology.
To prepare for their writing, children are provided with opportunities to use drama techniques and to share their writing orally which enables them to imitate the language they need for their work.
Each child is set short-term writing targets which will help them improve their work. We also teach children how to review, correct and edit their own work and that of others.
Handwriting is an integral part of the teaching of writing. We believe in enabling all children to develop a fluent, legible style of handwriting. We provide opportunities for children to develop, practise and perfect skills and provide targeted support to any child experiencing difficulty. Handwriting is taught weekly to a whole class or groups of children and then practised regularly. The Penpals for Handwriting scheme is used as a basis for planning, teaching and assessing children’s progress. It is linked to the objectives of the National Curriculum (2014).
At Chorlton Park, we want to develop our learners into confident communicators who can use spoken language effectively in a range of situations. We recognise the importance of quality speaking and listening to underpin children's literacy development and we also value our community's linguistic and cultural diversity.
Every member of staff at Chorlton Park encourages quality talk and endeavours to model quality talk themselves. This takes place in lessons, assemblies and throughout every aspect of school life.
Talking partners is a strategy that is used to give children opportunity to rehearse their ideas orally before feeding back to a group or to the class. We also use speaking frames/Kagan structures/adult support to ensure high quality talk in the classroom.
Drama, presentations and debating sessions are used to encourage the development of speaking and listening skills; to help children formulate their ideas; and to encourage them to embrace the British values of tolerance, respect and democracy,
In Early Years great emphasis is placed on quality talk in guided as well as independent work.
Guided reasoning is used in maths to encourage use of relevant mathematical vocabulary and help children consolidate maths skills.
If you have any questions about our English curriculum, please contact Rémi Gonthier, English Leader.