We aim to develop confidence, self-esteem and enjoyment through our English Curriculum. The skills of Speaking and Listening are developed through pupil participation in assemblies, performances, class debate and discussion, visiting theatre groups, outside speakers and a range of enrichment experiences.
At Woodfield, we follow a book-based English Curriculum (Read Into Writing) to ensure that children are exposed to a range of quality texts. These offer an insight into our rich literary heritage and provide solid models to both promote a love of reading and provide modelled structures to develop writing skills. Reading is a key tool for life. Children are encouraged to read widely and regularly and can choose books from both our well-resourced reading scheme and our well-stocked KS1 and KS2 libraries.
Phonics teaching forms an integral part of our Early Years and KS1 curriculum, and children are taught to link sounds to letters through a variety of interactive and engaging activities, which enables them to develop solid early reading skills. Sharing stories, both at home and at school, promotes early comprehension skills, and we place great importance on the development of reading for pleasure. As children progress through school, becoming more proficient readers, greater focus is placed on the development of written comprehension skills.
Writing is an integral part of learning at Woodfield. Children are taught to plan, draft, edit, revise and publish their work, carefully considering both the audience and purpose for their writing. Opportunities to stimulate children’s interest and engagement are taken from a range of exciting experiences, including enrichment activities, visiting speakers, current affairs and the books which form the basis of the English curriculum. Great importance is also attached to the technical aspects of writing, including grammar, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary and handwriting, and children are encouraged to take pride in the development of these skills. Writing is promoted through other subject areas also, and children are expected to apply their English skills across the curriculum.
Please see below for the whole school curriculum map.