English

A high-quality English education provides a foundation for understanding the world and the ability to read, discuss and write about it. At Apley, our English curriculum offer is taught through immersion in a high-quality text to develop young learners who have fluency and depth of understanding in a range of reading, writing, grammar and punctuation skills. The children are also given opportunities to analyse and discuss the social, moral, cultural and spiritual aspects of the texts that they are using and the genres that they are studying.

Our English curriculum focuses on giving the children opportunities to overlearn SPAG concepts throughout the year and the key stages and the features of different genres each year. Within our planning, we provide a mastery curriculum that allows all children opportunities to apply and evidence their writing skills within the foundation subjects.

Mastery And Greater Depth In English

We offer a mastery curriculum for all learners by providing frequent opportunities for our pupils to write about real life contexts and across the curriculum.  Our mastery English curriculum offer is taught through immersion in a high quality text to develop young learners who have fluency and depth of understanding in a range of reading, writing, grammar and punctuation skills.

Our mastery curriculum offer will ensure that some pupils are able to work at greater depth.  This is achieved when children are able to apply their English skills across a range of areas and subjects.   Learners will be able to apply their reading, spelling and grammatical knowledge and their understanding of different genres.  As resilient, resourceful learners, who are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning, our pupils are equipped with the skills they require to carefully select appropriate resources to support their learning.

Our English Subject Leader is Mrs S Williams.

Please see the links below for more information about what English skills our children will learn.

Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact

English Whole School Progression

SPELLING

Year 1 and 2 Spelling List

Year 3 and 4 Spelling List

Year 5 and 6 Spelling List

HANDWRITING

We encourage excellence in everything we do and this includes handwriting. The children are taught a pre-cursive style of handwriting in reception and year 1. By year 2 we expect the majority of children to be writing in a cursive handwriting style. If a child produces consistently good handwriting in all books then we will quickly move them on to writing in pen.