Intent, Implementation, Impact
At Welland Academy, we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion.
Reading lies at the heart of the curriculum at Welland Academy. We wish for our pupils to become lifelong readers and believe that reading is the key for academic success.
We intend for our children to develop a love for writing and be able to express their thoughts and ideas through the written word. We will enable pupils to confidently use the essential skills of grammar, punctuation, and spelling. At Welland Academy we set high expectations for children to take pride in the presentation of their work using a fluent, cursive handwriting style.
‘By teaching students to become more effective speakers and listeners we empower them to better understand themselves, each other and the world around them’ (Voice 21).
Children take part in daily whole-class guided reading lessons where they are exposed to a range of different text types. These text types are explored using the reading domains (Define it, retrieve it, summarise it, infer it, predict it, relate it, explore it and compare it).
To support with this, we use reading for inference strategies
Each classroom has a welcoming book corner with a range of fiction and non-fiction books that children can access
Children are read to each day by their class teacher following a whole school reading spine of quality texts
KS1 children read phonetically decodable books matched to their phonics phase
Once phonic knowledge is secure children use Accelerated Reader
At Welland Academy we follow the Jane Considine ‘Write Stuff’ approach.
There are 3 zones of writing that we encourage the children to write through
The Write Stuff brings clarity to the mechanics of the teaching of writing. It follows a method called ‘sentence stacking’. Sentence stacking refers to the fact that sentences are grouped together chronologically or organisationally to engage children with short, intensive moments of learning that they can apply immediately to their writing. An individual lesson is based on a sentence model, broken into three separate chunks:
1. Initiate section – a stimulus to capture the children’s imagination and set up a sentence
2. Model section – the teacher close models a sentence that outlines clear writing features and techniques
3. Enable section – the children write their sentence following the model
At Welland Academy we are very excited to be working with Voice 21, following a three-year programme, we intend to embed oracy throughout the curriculum.
Children learn to write in a cursive style from Year 1. When children have consistently neat, joined handwriting they are awarded a pen licence. At Welland Academy we use Letter-join to support the teaching of handwriting.
By the time children leave Welland Academy they have been exposed to a range of genres and participated in discussions about books. They will have read a vast range of books to enhance their knowledge and understanding and communicate to a wider audience.
Pupils will have made good progress from their individual starting points. By the time they leave Welland Academy, they will be able to write clearly for different contexts, purposes and audiences. Our children will acquire an extended vocabulary and most importantly will have developed a love for writing.
‘Through a high quality oracy education, students learn through talk and to talk’ Voice 21. Children will leave Welland Academy as confident communicators who can use talk to convey their thoughts, ideas and understanding.