English is an essential and exciting part of our daily school curriculum. At Moulton, we understand that English underpins the primary curriculum and is the gateway to effective learning across all subjects. We are passionate about developing confident readers, writers, speakers and listeners, with the aim of ensuring our children are equipped with the skills they need to be successful in the future.
The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
By following the National Curriculum for English (2014), we ensure that the vast majority of our children can:
- read easily, fluently and with good 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 for 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.
Our English curriculum exposes the children to a vast range of high-quality books. The books we have chosen cover a variety of themes, a range of contemporary and classic authors, fiction and non-fiction and celebrate representation and diversity.
- Our writing curriculum teaches the children to write for the four main purposes: to entertain, to inform, to persuade and to discuss.
- The units are carefully planned so that the children learn and embed age appropriate grammar rule throughout the unit.
- They books explore a range of written outcomes such as narratives, letters, diaries, instructions, reports.
- The lessons are progressive, incorporating a range of reading, writing, speaking and listening and role play activities, building up to an independent writing outcome at the end.
- Using a book as a stimulus means that the children are highly engaged and motivated to write,
- The pictures and text provide a starting point for the children to explore and develop a range of rich, adventurous vocabulary that they can use in their own writing.