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The Intent of our English Curriculum at Holy Family

 

At Holy Family, English is the core of our curriculum. Across each stage of our education in school, pupils are provided with opportunities to develop and apply their spoken and written English within a balanced, inspiring and creative curriculum.

 

Reading is the master skill of school and we aim to foster a life-long love of reading in all our children, developing avid readers who can access and appreciate our rich literacy heritage. We aim to provide a wealth of powerful reading experiences to fuel our pupil’s imaginations and develop their knowledge of the world in which they live. We prioritise the development of reading fluency to ensure that by the end of their primary education, all pupils who at Holy Family are able to read with confidence, enabling them to be successful in their next stage of education and beyond.

 

A key aim for our pupils is effective communication of ideas and emotions, both orally and in written form. Spoken language is paramount at Holy Family, forming foundations for reading and writing. By immersing our pupils in high-quality texts and language-rich environments, we aim for our children to be able to describe their world, expressing their views and opinions articulately. We want our children to use discussion and debate to communicate and further their learning across the curriculum, elaborating and explaining their thinking and ideas. We strive to enable all pupils to develop a love of writing and the confidence to explore their imagination, nurturing our pupils’ motivation to write with purpose and with pleasure.

 

We believe that a secure knowledge of the English language is crucial to a high quality education and will give the children of Holy Family, the tools they need to contribute positively to the life of the school, their local community and the wider environment as a member of society.

Letters from Paddington in Year One

Year 4 - Historical Narrative

In Year 4, the children have been busy learning new skills to use in their historical narrative. The children have learnt about inverted commas, fronted adverbials and how to develop an idea so that their writing is coherent. The children started to plan their historical narrative, which they will start to write next week. 

Year 2 - diary entry

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In English, we have written a diary entry in first person, as Dougal. We followed the learning journey to finish with a final piece. 

Reception children are Authors! Not only did they write their very own book, 'When the Dragons came' but they were the characters too!

In Nursery we love practising our writing. Here you can see us exploring our mark making in lots of different ways, with sand, pens, chalk and on the whiteboard too.

Year 6 - newspaper reports linking to WWI

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Year 3 - Immerse

What an amazing achievement to receive the Writing Trophy in Reception.

Year Two News Round Report about Planet Earth

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Year 2 have created an information text about our topic Planet Earth. We started by learning interesting facts about each continent and then we watched videos of news round clips to practice reading the news. Before we wrote our information text, we explored different sentence openers, subordinating and coordinating conjunctions and we developed our ideas to make our writing exciting and interesting to read. Finally we combined all our knowledge and facts about each continent to create our own information text about Planet Earth. We have made a news round report to show all we have learnt on our literacy journey so far.

Writing opportunities are everywhere in Reception!

Well done to the Writing Trophy winner - Year 6 pupil - Megan! For outstanding effort and producing some fantastic pieces of work!

Year 6's Balanced Argument

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The video below shows a sample of Year 6 writing from Autumn 1 - this includes writing towards a flashback narrative and a recount of our trip to Eden Camp!

Year 6 writing from Autumn 1

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Year 6 Quest Stories

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Year 6 used their class reading of the quest story 'Barrowquest' to inspire their own writing. They became amazing authors of their own chapter stories using incredible vocabulary to bring their stories alive! With confidence, all children used their computing skills to produce their own book covers for their very own quest novel. Happy reading!
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