English

Intent 

At Bradford Academy we aim to develop a love of reading so that our children become life-long readers. We strive for our children to read for enjoyment and for purpose. We want to use reading to inspire our learners to write for a range of purposes and to develop their own unique style. Children are given opportunities to write for a range of real purposes and audiences in the hope that they develop a love of writing as well as honing the required skills for their age. Our intention is for children to leave primary school as confident readers and writers, ready to continue building on these skills in secondary school. 

Implementation 

All adults at Bradford Academy promote a love of reading and develop an inspiring and creative writing curriculum based upon high quality texts.  English is taught for a minimum of one hour a day and all lessons include an element of both reading and writing.  Guided reading is taught three times a week and children are guided through a range of texts by an adult.  Accelerated Reader is a program used by children in years 2 to 6 which allows children to take quizzes based on books they have read. As a school we have developed our own prize system which means children can win book vouchers and trips to book shops.   

Impact: 

The children at Bradford Academy make accelerated progress in their reading and writing. They develop skills to read a range of texts allowing them to analyse and evaluate genres and purpose. Children can use their reading and writing skills across the curriculum in order to meet targets and access other resources. Children are able to critically evaluate what they are reading so that they can make informed decisions about the texts that they access both in school and out.  

Curriculum

The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:  

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  • 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.  

Policy and Assessment

All children at Bradford Academy should be exposed different genres for both reading and writing. Children will be taught to read and write a range of fiction and non-fiction texts and will revisit these throughout their time in Primary.   

They will be assessed on their ability to write the following: 

  • A range of story types 
  • Diary entries 
  • Recounts 
  • Instructions 
  • Non-Chronological reports 
  • Explanation texts 
  • Persuasive writing 
  • Discussion texts  
  • Newspaper reports 

In reading, children will be assessed on their ability to: 

  • KS1 
  • Retrieve and recall information and main events from the text 
  • Understand the meaning of words in a text 
  • Make inferences about a character’s thoughts, feelings and motives 
  • KS2 
  • All of the above 
  • Understand why an author chose to use something and how that impacted the reader 
  • Make links and compare their text to other texts they have read 

Each year group will be assessed in reading and writing based on their national curriculum objectives.  Year 2 and 6 writing will be assessed against the end of KS1 and end of KS2 assessment framework.

Staff are well trained and regularly monitor children’s progress to ensure that they are engaged in activities that develop their skills and help them grow in confidence. Staff provide many and varied opportunities for children to develop their speech through careful questioning and a range of interesting activities. Children are safe and happy and play well together.

Ofsted 2017

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