The English curriculum comprises four core areas: reading, writing, EGPS (English, grammar, punctuation and spelling) and speaking & listening. At Joydens Wood Junior School we aim to develop children’s understanding and learning across all of these areas simultaneously, enabling them to hone their skills and become confident users of English.
We believe that it is every child’s right to learn to read but we hope that our children go beyond this and develop a love and pleasure for reading that continues into adulthood. Reading is taught across the curriculum through shared reading in English lessons, Guided Reading and reading aloud to children. Staff are reading role models who demonstrate and encourage a love for reading, through engaging children in class texts. Children have access to a wide variety of reading materials in class reading areas, the school library, Guided Reading sets and carefully selected core texts used in our teaching of English. We also ensure that children experience access to good quality literature through visiting authors and book fairs throughout the year. Staff track the progress of children throughout the year using National Curriculum objectives, ensuring that each child is supported and challenged at their appropriate level. For those children who need further support in their reading, intervention sessions are provided on an individual or small group basis using Better Reading Partnerships and Developing Inference. Children are expected to read to an adult daily and to record this in their Reading Record. To ensure that each child is reading across a range of genres and at an appropriate challenge level, teachers use Reading Walls in the Reading Record to suggest titles and authors for each child to read next. These choices are personalised to the child depending on their reading ability and previous choices.
At Joydens Wood Junior School we believe it is essential for children to develop a love and flair for creative writing, as well as become confident writers who can write for a range of purposes. To achieve this goal, writing is embedded across the curriculum and opportunities for extended writing are provided at all times.
We encourage children to build upon the knowledge and understanding they bring with them from Key Stage One through developing their unique writer’s voice. We recognise the value of ‘Talk for Writing’, thus ensure that opportunities for speaking and listening in all writing units are planned for. Writing is taught through shared writing, guided writing and anonymous/peer-marking under the class visualiser. ‘Green for Great’ and 'Pink for Think' marking is used to inform pupils of their next steps, and thus encourage them to reflect, edit and improve their writing.
At Joydens Wood Junior School, EGPS is embedded into our curriculum and is taught in discrete lessons. Children are encouraged to include the new weekly grammar element in their writing so as to ensure that they can use it in the right context and it is embedded in their progression. Each week children are given a 'family' of spellings to learn so that they recognise the patterns, not just the words.