English at Christ Church
Key staff: Miss N Briggs
English teaching comprises Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. At Christ Church we use the "Power of Reading" project and "Big Writing" to ensure that pupils are motivated in a meaningful and exciting way.
Speaking and Listening
Speaking and Listening permeates all aspects of school life. Children frequently engage with drama and role play activities as a part of their English lessons. A key strength of our curriculum is in the time dedicated across the school to performance in front of large audiences, particularly with our regular class assemblies which parents and carers are invited to attend.
Teachers plan rich and varied writing tasks, often relating to the Power of Reading book being studied at the time. Using these high-quality texts provides exciting and meaningful contexts for writing, allowing children to use the rich vocabulary and varied sentence structure found in these books. Discrete grammar sessions enable children to understand complex grammar, which feeds into their writing.
Whatever writing children are doing, teachers use the National Curriculum and "Big Write" expectations to guide their planning, as well as our punctuation & Grammar glossary. Our writing curriculum has been developed to meet the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum Legislation.
Useful websites for helping children with writing - KS1
https://spellingframe.co.uk/ - on this page, you can find different lists for each spelling rule (from y2 upwards)
http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/spookySpellings/index.html - this is a game focusing on tricky words
http://www.ictgames.com/littleBirdSpelling/ similar to the game above
Year 5 & 6 English and Maths Planning Document