At The Rissington School our English curriculum will develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We aim to inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage, and a habit of reading widely and often. We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. We inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and who can use discussion to communicate and further their learning.
We understand that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in their English and Literacy, that follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. Having a secure basis in English and literacy skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.
While we embrace the differences that being a split site school might bring, we are clear that children at both sites belong to one school and receive the same English/literacy provision and resources.
Our curriculum intent is embedded across all our English lessons and the wider curriculum. We have a rigorous, sequential and well organised English curriculum that provides challenging and purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion. Teachers adapt curriculum planning as appropriate to their classes, and ensure that cross curricular links with concurrent units of work are woven into their programmes of study. Our curriculum closely follows the aims of the National Curriculum for English 2014.
The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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.
In addition to daily English/Literacy lessons, children at the Rissington School excel in early reading through the teaching of a systematic phonics programme primarily using the Letters and Sounds programme of study. Children continue to develop their range of reading skills, as well as a love of reading through our banded reading programme.
At The Rissington School, we use a wide variety of quality texts and resources to motivate and inspire our children, including texts from the Pie Corbett Reading Spine. We also provide a wealth of enrichment opportunities, such as Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils; attending the Cheltenham Literary Festival each year; running reading and creative writing competitions; hosting an annual in house speech competition and our Upper Key Stage 2 children competing at the North Cotswolds Speech Competition. In addition, we actively seek out visiting authors and hold an Aspiration week during the year, so that children benefit from access to positive role models from the local and wider locality.