The English curriculum at Kilnwood Vale enables children to develop as strong readers and writers, which is underpinned through developing high-functioning oracy within the ‘Talk for Writing’ Programme. Their English journey gives them the skills, confidence and knowledge not only to access the curriculum but prepare them to be global citizens of the future.
Children develop a life-long love of reading and will read for pleasure both in school and at home. They enjoy listening to high-quality stories and will join in with enthusiasm. They will also be exposed to a wide range of genres and develop a breadth of vocabulary through reading different styles of books. We will provide opportunities to read literary heritage books as well as books that mirror their own lives and those that provide a window into other people’s worlds, ensuring their reading journey celebrates their own identity and the diversity of our community and the wider world. Children will have a secure knowledge of phonics and apply this confidently to their reading to enable them to be confident and fluent readers. They will have a secure understanding of what they are reading, make inferences and talk in detail about a range of texts. From these foundations the DERIC (Decode, Explain, Retrieve, Infer and Choice) model informs whole school quality-first teaching to ensure children leave Kilnwood Vale ready motivated and with the knowledge and skills to continue their reading journey.
We use Read, Write, Inc. as our phonics scheme at Kilnwood Vale. The scheme has been carefully planned to ensure phonics lessons are of high quality, engaging and repetitive to embed learning. The progression of phonics ensures that all children learn to read, gain a love of reading and extend their vocabulary. Children read decodable books which match to the teaching and learning. This ensures that children will read books which include sounds and words they have been taught, enabling them to make progress.
Children will develop a love for writing. At Kilnwood Vale we use Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’ as a tool to provide small steps of learning so that children can become enthusiastic and confident writers. They will express their ideas and experiences through writing for a range of purposes including fiction, non-fiction and poetry and be excited to write for different purposes across the curriculum. Children will build up a wide range of interesting and appropriate vocabulary through exposure to rich texts and models and direct teachig. Children will have a secure knowledge of phonics and apply this to their writing, spelling many words correctly. They will also use punctuation accurately and produce grammatically accurate sentences. Children are taught the correct formation of letters using the correct strokes required to enable them to join their letters.