Curriculum Intent

We aim for all children at Istead Rise to become effective communicators, with well developed skills in reading, writing and oracy. Through innovative delivery of The National Curriculum, we will teach pupils to write for a range of purposes and audiences, and to be able to identify, interpret and employ the different devices and conventions associated with different types of text. We will help all children to become fluent readers and nurture an appreciation of different types of literature. We believe it essential that young people are able to express themselves clearly and in an articulate fashion, thus we will create opportunities across the curriculum for children to practise and develop their speaking and listening skills. 

Curriculum Implementation

Both reading and writing are taught daily in discrete lessons as well as being developed in multiple areas of the curriculum.

In writing, teaching is delivered in carefully considered units of learning, designed to culminate in pupils creating a high quality example of a given text-type. Along the way in a sequence of learning, pupils are taught how to identify, interpret and employ all the relevant features of the text-type, as well as the necessary elements of spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG). We often encourage children to share their ideas in collaborative group or partnered work, before asking them to commit their individual pieces to the page.

Sequences of learning will typically consist of approximately 10 consecutive lessons which will all be orientated around developing pupils’ understanding for writing for a particular purpose. Examples of the text-types covered in sequences include:

  • Stories

  • Description

  • Recounts

  • Letters

  • Journal Entries

  • Instructional texts

  • Non-fiction information texts

  • Journalistic Reports

  • Poetry

  • Play Scripts

Our upper Key Stage Two pupils will learn to write expository essays, where they will learn to present their own thoughts and opinions in a structured fashion.

The content of our writing learning sequences will include the required content from National Curriculum programmes of study and relevant appendices (available below), but will also teach children the text-specific skills and devices needed to produce a portfolio of high quality writing outcomes.

In reading, children will engage with a range of strategies to develop their fluency, as well as partaking in regular lessons aimed at developing their comprehension skills. In these lessons, children are taught how to answer questions about a range of texts, linked to specific content domains, in particular the retrieval of Information, Inference and authorial language choice (R.I.C). Children will be exposed to a range of high quality texts and will participate in whole class reading sessions on a daily basis.

The development of strong oracy skills features throughout our curriculum and during English lessons pupils will regularly participate in speaking and listening activities which enable them to develop critical communication skills and the ability to properly articulate themselves.

Children in Reception and Year One also receive daily phonics lessons with teaching that  follows the Read Write Inc programme. Children’s progress in phonics is regularly assessed and closely monitored to ensure they receive teaching that is firmly focused on the development of crucial early reading skills that will enable them to fully access the wider curriculum as they progress through their academic careers and also to enjoy reading for pleasure.

Information on our sequences of learning can be found below.

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