English at Orchard Lea Junior School
At Orchard Lea Junior School, we believe that language and English is fundamental to the overall development of the child and their access to the curriculum in all its aspects. We recognise that the acquisition of English, both spoken and written, will empower our pupils and provide the foundation for all future learning. We aim to provide an English curriculum that is text rich, relevant and provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion.
We wish for all of our children to have a love of writing and see themselves as successful writers. We want our children to write with confidence and accuracy for a variety of purposes and audiences whilst developing their own individual flair. This is achieved by ensuring there is real purpose for writing and by providing exciting and stimulating contexts to capture their imaginations. We want our children to be able to write with grammatical accuracy and be able to apply spelling patterns correctly using a neat handwriting style. We aim to expose our children to a rich and wide range of vocabulary so that they are able to decipher new words and use them when speaking and writing both formally and informally. In lessons, teachers explicitly model the process of writing using shared and guided writing techniques meaning children are exposed to high quality demonstration, exploration and discussion of the choices writers make.
We want our pupils to become effective writers who write with their audience and purpose in mind and consistently evaluate what they have written. It is essential that our pupils see writing as a cyclical process. We want our pupils to value editing and improving as an integral part of being a writer. We achieve this by teaching our children a range of strategies for editing so they are able to apply these strategies to improve their independent writing.
It is our goal that when our children leave Orchard Lea, they are avid readers who have an appreciation for our rich and varied literary heritage. We want all children to be able to read fluently and widely and be able to express preferences and opinions about the texts that they read. We promote a culture of reading, not simply as a life skill, but to also develop in pupils a love of books and literature that will not only support their learning across the curriculum, but also enrich their lives. We want them to read for pleasure, having had access to a wide range of text types, genres and authors in order for them to make informed opinions about their reading.
We strive for every pupil to leave us with the necessary skills to access the reading and vocabulary demands of the secondary curriculum and beyond and for them to be successful communicators throughout their lives.