English plays vital part in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach children to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, children have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables children both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society and at Richmond Hill we are working hard to make sure that every child is given the maximum opportunity to develop in these areas.
Aims of the Curriculum for English
The overarching aim for our Curriculum for English is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping children with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to increase their love of literature through developing reading for enjoyment.
Our Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all children:
read easily, fluently and with good understanding;
develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and for purpose;
acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge relating to common conventions in reading, writing and spoken language;
appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage;
write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences;
use discussion in order to learn;
should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas;
are competent in speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
Our Learning Foci for English
- To acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills associated with Spoken Language.
- To acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills associated with Reading, including: Word reading, Comprehension.
- To acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills associated with Writing, including: Spelling, Handwriting and presentation, Vocabulary and grammar, Punctuation, Composition.