English Curriculum Statement
At Harewood Primary we believe all children, whatever their starting point, deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential. Underpinning and essential to this are our aspirations for children to become effective communicators. We aim for them to achieve high standards in speaking and listening, reading and writing to enable them to excel and overcome barriers to their future as successful members who contribute to the British community.
To achieve these aims:
- We provide a rich and exciting English curriculum designed to encourage a love of language:
Reading is the one ability that once set in motion has the ability to feed itself, grow exponentially and provide a basis from which possibilities are limitless.
- From the early years onwards, we offer an inclusive, supportive environment which provides many and varied contexts for talk.
- We respect and build upon children’s varied experiences of language at home and the vital role of parents and carers as our partners in their children’s learning.
- Skills are taught rigorously and sequentially. Attainment is regularly assessed and gaps addressed quickly.
- We encourage pupils to have a voice in their learning. They are encouraged to share their views on books and writing.
- We recognise the importance of a wide vocabulary and strive to expand children’s vocabulary through experiences across the curriculum.
- English underpins our wider curriculum. We therefore, utilise opportunities to develop English skills within other subjects and also bring other subjects to life in our English lessons.
- Stories are valued and well-chosen. We share stories with children that we enjoy as adults and that challenge and broaden children’s minds.
- We aim to ensure children are taught by staff who are experts and offer teams of adults who are supportive of each other.
Here is Sarah with Molly the dog. Molly is a registered Pets as Therapy dog, who visits school each week as part of Read2Dogs. This is a scheme developed to help children gain confidence in reading. PAT Dogs enhance self-esteem, motivate speech and inspire young people to have fun. It has been proven to help children gain confidence and they enjoy and benefit greatly from the reading experience.