Staff at Sandbach Primary Academy believe that a high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. We aim 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 English curriculum at Sandbach Primary Academy interconnects all aspects of Reading and Writing using objectives set out in the National Curriculum. Clear cycles of progression are set out for each of these areas, using a range of different high-quality texts to inspire pupils’ learning and generate an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage.
Through the teaching of Reading, staff aim to develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information. Our text-based curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils can read easily, fluently and with good understanding, providing them with the skills to access texts of all genres and forms. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. The rich variety of texts gives the pupils opportunities to acquire a wide and rich vocabulary and pupils will learn a variety of strategies for understanding vocabulary which will encourage them to investigate, challenge, reflect and retrieve words which they are exposed. Their knowledge of vocabulary will then translate to their writing.
The writing curriculum at Sandbach Primary Academy follows the structure of small steps to depth, embedding the skills of writing to ensure that the foundations are secure before moving on. Pupils will learn to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. Pupils will be encouraged to bridge back to activate prior learning and skills will be revisited from previous years. Pupils will learn to write for a variety of audiences, covering a range of genres throughout the year.