At Sir Francis Hill, we strive to make English enjoyable and challenging for all our pupils. As of September 2020, we have made changes to our English curriculum to support our children in their efforts to make accelerated progress in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. We seek to ensure that our children leave Sir Francis Hill with a strong comprehension of vocabulary, and the ability to compose different genres effectively.
How this is implemented
From September 2020, we have begun to use Read to Write as a framework for our English lessons. Our units begin by inspiring children with high-quality and inspiring texts. In many cases, English units are combined with suitable topics that are taught in the afternoons. This supports pupils in developing a deep understanding of other curriculum areas. Vocabulary is explicitly taught, and children are able to see challenging and relevant words and phrases on class display boards. Spellings are taught regularly in school and parents are able to support their children's spelling development by encouraging them to access 'Spelling Shed'. Our children are taught grammar through 'Active English' sessions, which lead in to the English lesson.
Pupil attitudes towards writing have improved in the last two years, with a greater percentage of pupils describing English as 'interesting', 'exciting' and good. Progress across year groups had also improved prior to the coronavirus pandemic. The success of our new English curriculum will continue to be monitored in a number of ways, including pupil and staff surveys, observations, learning walks, book scrutinies and writing moderations.