Sholing Junior School

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“To create avid and analytical readers who become thoughtful and effective writers.”

 

The purpose of education is to inspire all children to have an appreciation of the wider world and the future of its being. This should be based on a secure knowledge and understanding of what has already been explored, created and learnt, and how it has shaped historical events, today’s society and the questions we have posed for the future. With this admiration and awe, education then has the responsibility to challenge ideas and beliefs. This analytical and creative thinking will build well informed global citizens who will go on to have a positive impact on their local community and even future societies. Our Literacy Curriculum is the very foundation that this purpose of education can be placed upon.

 

We model and support our children to be confident speakers who can share their thoughts with clarity and great command of the English language, giving them the power to persuade, discuss, entertain or inform their listeners with success.

 

Sholing Junior School encourages a love of reading, giving our pupils access to “the best that has been thought and said,” no matter what their background. This includes establishing a fluency of reading and the skills to decode new and adventurous words and the meaning behind them. Our text-based curriculum challenges and inspires, unlocking our children’s understanding of the world around them, opening the minds of our curious pupils and allowing them to explore new worlds. They experience cultures that may not be a common feature in their everyday lives and challenge their perceptions of human behaviour.

 

By exploring a range of classic and modern texts as well as films, we aspire to develop an enjoyment for writing, giving our children an in depth appreciation and understanding of the relationship between the author and the reader. Learning enables them to recognise how the vocabulary, structure and composition of a piece of writing impacts on the reader. This knowledge gives them the freedom to express themselves with a clear voice and allows their writing to speak to its audience beyond just being words on a page, making their reader laugh, cry, think,  imagine and hopefully, to be inspired themselves.

English at Sholing Juniors

Overall Aims.

  • To teach children how to become effective communicators using both verbal and written skills.
  • To develop confidence in communication skills and to teach the skills necessary to achieve clarity in speech and writing.
  • To encourage pupils to listen, read a write with careful thought taken over the purpose, audience and composition.
  • To provide a rich and varied experience of the English language, including the history behind its development and modern use.
  • To give the opportunity to appreciate literacy in its many forms, and be inspired by it to learn the skills necessary to imitate and innovate it, whatever the genre.
  • To develop enthusiastic and reflective readers through challenging and inspiring texts.
  • To develop confident and accurate readers.
  • To develop the enjoyment of writing and be given the opportunity to write creatively.
  • To encourage children’s ability to be thoughtful and purposeful in the planning, drafting and editing of their work.
  • To ensure progress for all children is rapid.

 

In Writing our aims are to:

  • To create an enjoyment and stamina for writing.
  • To be exposed to a range of quality texts, authors and genres of writing.
  • To create thoughtful writers who are able to edit and improve their writing independently and accurately.
  • For children to be able to write for a range of purposes with confidence.
  • For children to recognise and use grammatical features accurately.
  • For children to be able to recognise the links between reading and writing.

 

In Reading our aims are to:

  • develop a knowledge and appreciation of reading;
  • read with fluency, intonation and regard to the punctuation
  • have a chance to share their enjoyment of the text through discussion;
  • have children independently choosing more challenging texts to read.
  • use appropriate strategies when reading new or less familiar words
  • gain an appreciation of how authors use words and images to achieve different effects.
  • to use appropriate reading strategies and reference skills to find specific information.

This document is produced by the DfE and explains how children make progress in the primary school.

Parents Guide to English Grammar

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