At The Alderton, our main goal is to ensure that children leave school as effective readers and writers. We aim to make all learning memorable through links across the curriculum that link English and Reading in with the wider curriculum. Each topic is taught through reading a range of key texts in which we ensure all our children are exposed to a wide range of different texts and experiences to help all children have ‘something to say’ and to ensure their work is purposeful. The children will learn that their writing should have an audience and a purpose with an exciting and relevant outcome.
Key Stage 2
Our English curriculum has been written to progress in skill and text type from Year 3 to Year 6, where skill becomes progressively more challenging. The curriculum has been curated for the children of Alderton and is supported by the National Curriculum and the Merton Progression document, which provides details of how each text type could progress for each year group and provides the key skills needed and knowledge for the writer to be taught.
Each year group focuses on an overall aspect of writing:
Year 3: Developing key writing basic skills and language
Year 4: Building on text structure and language
Year 5: Mastering use of language and engagement of the reader
Year 6: Developing and Mastering author’s voice and manipulation of the reader
Each topic is taught through a narrative text, then followed by a linked non-fiction text.
Children will develop their ability in KS2 to improve and edit their work. They will be taught a wide range of vocabulary to include in their writing through rich, high quality books that may often challenge their writing style and their thinking.
The children will begin joining their handwriting consistently, increasing the consistency and quality.
They will begin using paragraphs to write longer narratives, which they have planned for, using rich vocabulary and a variety of sentence structures. They will read their own work aloud to the whole class, whilst assessing the effectiveness of what they have written.
Children will be able to reflect upon the audience and purpose of their writing, adjusting their choice of vocabulary and grammar to suit the task. Again, they will be taught a wide range of vocabulary to include in their writing through rich, high quality books that may often challenge their writing style and their thinking.
The children will be able to select a wide range of punctuation and organisational devices to match the genre and enhance meaning. Children will write across many genres from diaries to biographies; poems to reports.
Miss Daisy West (English Leader)