How is English taught at Clanfield CE School?
We have developed our own bespoke phased learning journey which supports a blended approach to the teaching of English. Objectives are drawn from several domains throughout the writing process: spoken language, reading, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation, spelling, handwriting and writing composition.
Below is an example of a Long term plan for Reading and Writing in English for Year 5/6.
Children all access the same high-quality text which is then used to inspire and model a writing outcome. In some year groups, the text is also used as the reading focus.
A Learning Journey provides children with approximately 3 weeks working towards a single piece of writing, ensuring all of their grammar and punctuation is purposeful and pupil targets are developed. Children spend time in the first week (Stimulate and Generate) exploring the text and developing talk and spoken language to support writing. There are lots of opportunities for drama, role play and oral rehearsal as well as a focus on audience, purpose and form. This time allows for immersion in a text, pupil response and the teaching of vocabulary ('reading as a reader').
In the second week (Capture, Sift and Sort), the children spend time analyzing text, and the direct teaching of grammar in context ('reading as a writer'), Grammar and punctuation is taught in context and there are many opportunities for modeled, guided and shared writing. Apprentice pieces allows pupils to rehearse these skills and receive feedback before the next stage.
In the final week (Create, Refine and Evaluate), the children will compose for a purpose and will learn how to proof-read, edit and evaluate.
Quality over quantity is prioritised, with time provided for editing, redrafting, publishing and self-reflection.