English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.
Our Approach to English
At South Camberley our English curriculum is based on the National Curriculum. Our overarching aim for English at South Camberley is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. 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 English, we go above and beyond the national curriculum at South Camberley with quality texts at the heart of our English curriculum. Reading is our priority and these quality texts drive our whole school English curriculum. Through our focus on high-quality, engaging literature and our carefully chosen wide variety of core texts we ensure that children have the opportunity to read and write a balance of different text types.
Reading: We are particularly proud of the work we have done and are still doing to ensure that all children across the whole school have an excellent reading diet. We firmly believe that an engaging diet of reading will encourage children to read for enjoyment as well as knowledge and comprehension.
Writing: High-quality texts also support the development of excellent writing. Children are immersed in a rich diet of texts that have been selected to engage and excite, in order to facilitate excellence and enjoyment in writing. Within the writing sessions, children are actively encouraged to develop their initial ideas through a process of imitate, innovate and invent.