Subject Leader – Mrs Knowles
The English curriculum focuses upon the vital role English has both in education and in society with the central aim being 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.
At Myrtle Park, teachers design their own inspiring and engaging programmes of study within which statutory skills are taught through a “backwards planning model” whereby the final desired writing outcome is very much in mind throughout the delivery of the whole unit. Within this, the teacher will respond to any knowledge gaps identified within their class as well as explicitly teaching the skills required to achieve the final writing outcome.
Some children may find writing a daunting task. At Myrtle Park, we seek to overcome this trepidation by ensuring the children write with a purpose and for enjoyment. We actively seek opportunities for writing that both engages and inspires the children. Where possible, we will allow the children to guide the direction of learning to accommodate their natural curiosity. In doing so, we hope to create a stimulating learning environment where writing is a pleasurable activity! If you would like to learn more about our aims for writing, please view our writing policy.
Furthermore, we are heavily invested in the acquisition of strong handwriting and spelling skills both of which are vital in the development of fluent, confident writers. As such, we have invested in the spellodrome programme which helps us to deliver a personalised spelling curriculum to your child. This means your child is both able to regularly practise the current spelling focus in their class whilst also revising previously taught spelling rules or letter strings. We have also acquired the letterjoin programme that allows your child to practise their cursive handwriting on screen and also to view a range of handwriting demonstrations to help them with the correct cursive letter formation. Your child will have a username and password for these. If you would like further information on this, please refer to the handwriting and spelling policies attached. I have also attached to this page a letter sent out with additional information for both these initiatives.You may also like to visit these websites:
As part of our English planning model, there is also a heavy focus upon reading and the teaching of specific reading skills such as inference. Fostering a love of reading is central to our curriculum ethos; therefore, we recognise the importance of providing a wide range of literature to support this. We have enhanced our library by increasing the range of quality texts held and improving the system for accessing this facility. If you would like to access this, our school librarian, Miss Chilvers, is available after school on Monday and Thursday after school until 4.00pm. If you would like to learn more about our aims for reading, please view our reading policy.
At Myrtle Park, we seek to create an atmosphere where children are happy and willing to express themselves. We regard the acquisition of speaking and listening skills as pivotal to a child’s future success both in and outside of school. As such, we create as many opportunities as possible for children to practise these skills. If you would like to learn more about these aims, please view our English policies.
At Myrtle Park, we pride ourselves upon meeting the needs of the curriculum whilst ensuring we deliver exciting and engaging programmes of study tailored to each cohort and individual. As such, we consistently seek ways in which we can improve our existing provisions.
Finally, our central aim is to provide a stimulating and absorbing curriculum that combines the acquisition of key skills with the promotion of a life-long love of English. At Myrtle Park, we will continually strive to achieve this.