English is taught daily as a stand-alone subject, split into the strands of reading and writing, which underpins all other subject areas. This us to ensure that English as a core subject is given appropriate time in the timetable and is taught with rigour and practised and rehearsed in other subject areas. At Christ the King, it is vital that the English curriculum is inclusive and challenging for all pupils. Children coming into Christ the King have limited vocabulary with entry levels that are below those nationally, particularly in CLL. Therefore, teachers ensure that these experiences and resources form a part of the school’s curriculum to fill these gaps - such as Talk for Writing, novel studies, practical lessons with cross-curricular links. As there are increased levels of pupils with EAL and language barriers, vocabulary is also given a central focus.
Christ the King follows the National Curriculum for English in all year groups to enable children to make good progress from EYFS to Year 6. Teachers make links to knowledge acquired in previous year groups explicit and adapt lessons so that all children can participate and reach end of year expectations. Reading skills, phonics, spellings and grammar are discretely taught through Guided Reading and English lessons, respectively, with ample opportunities for children to use and apply these skills across the curriculum. Development of speaking and listening skills are deeply embedded within and across all subject areas in order for children to communicate effectively and confidently.
Our long term English plans for all year groups can be found below:
- Reading and Phonics
- Year 1 English Long Term Plan 2019 20
- Year 2 English Long Term Plan 2019 20
- Year 3 English Long Term Plan 2019 20
- Year 4 English Long Term Plan 2019 20
- Year 5 English Long Term Plan 2019 20
- Year 6 English Long Term Plan 2019 20
These are our recommended reading lists for each year group. Why not visit the library and help your child to choose one?