The English curriculum at Mansfield Green E-ACT Primary Academy aims to equip pupils with the knowledge and skills required to enable them to confidently express their opinions and ideas through both verbal and written communication. Our aim is to give all of our children a solid foundation and provide them with a love of literature that ensures they leave Mansfield Green as literate individuals who are skilled and competent readers and writers.
Speaking and listening is central to Mansfield Green’s English curriculum and is developed from EYFS throughout the academy and across the whole curriculum. In EYFS, the English curriculum (Communication and language area of learning) reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development – cognitively, socially and linguistically. Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing. Children are taught to express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They are taught to use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about their own experiences and events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events. Children’s speaking and listening skills are nurtured through a variety of approaches: exploratory play, sustained shared thinking, story time, hot-seating, role-play and shared writing. These skills are developed so that our children are capable of expressing their own ideas clearly and confidently, in a safe and supportive environment, in all aspects and areas of their school life and into their future.
Phonics is an important daily lesson in each class from Nursery through to Year 2. It provides the foundations of learning to make the development into fluent reading and writing easier. Phonics is the process that is used to help children break down words into sounds, as well as building letter and word recognition. This can then enable children to use unknown words in the future. Children learn to segment words to support their spelling ability and blend sounds to read the words. Phonic work is combined with the academy’s structured reading scheme to develop reading skills. The academy follows the government ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme which develops the children’s ability to hear, discriminate, recognise and write the sounds. This allows the phonics teaching and learning to be progressive from Nursery up to Year 2 as well as allowing children’s listening and speaking skills to develop. In Nursery and reception, phonics is taught through whole class teaching input and small group activities. As children progress into Year 1 and 2, the teaching of phonics is organised into groups depending on children’s prior phonics knowledge, and looking at where individual’s need challenge or support. Where extra intervention is necessary, this is provided for children throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
At Mansfield Green E-ACT Primary Academy reading is an important part of all children’s learning and progress. Through the teaching of systematic phonics, our aim is for children to become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage One. Right from their first day, children are provided with lots of opportunities to engage with books that fire their imagination and interest, motivating and exciting them to learn and become competent readers. All children have the opportunity to be fluent, confident readers who are able to successfully comprehend and understand a wide range of texts.
With the support of the vigorous and carefully considered phonics approach as well as within English lessons, children are continually exposed to a wide-range of texts across both fiction and non-fiction genres to develop their reading knowledge, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, to gain knowledge across the curriculum and develop their comprehension skills. The academy’s main reading scheme is Bugclub. This is supplemented with other schemes including Oxford Reading Tree and Collins Big Cat. All books are colour banded ensuring appropriate challenge for all children. Children are also encouraged to enhance their love of reading through the school loan service where real books are also colour banded and supplement those in the reading scheme. This ensures that children are exposed to a wide range of top quality books, across a range of genres.
Across the academy, English lessons follow the Talk 4 Writing approach while ensuring national curriculum coverage. Talk 4 Writing moves from dependence in the imitation and innovation stages with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop children’s writing ability towards independence with children showcasing what they have learnt by completing a ‘Hot Write’. It also enables children to read and write for a variety of audiences and purposes within English lessons as well as in different subjects.
Fundamental to the teaching of English at Mansfield Green is the careful selection of good quality fiction, poetry and non-fiction texts that all children experience and draw upon. It is important that children of all ages are exposed to a variety of different text types and genres to develop their understanding, skills and knowledge.
The English curriculum at Mansfield Green E-ACT Primary Academy has been chosen to ensure progression, a development of knowledge and skills whilst engendering a love and enjoyment of literature and the subject by all pupils.
Our aim is to ensure that our pupils, with a love for language and literature, are successful individuals in their chosen field.