The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding, develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information and to acquire a wide vocabulary.
  • Have an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for 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.
  • Are able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
At Sennen School we deeply value reading at home and in school. Every child’s home reading is closely monitored and encouraged through a variety of incentives and mentoring from staff. We plan from a variety of sources to ensure we expose children to quality literature from an early stage and right through their time at Sennen. Reading assemblies and class books help to ensure that we promote a love of reading and make literature a shared experience. We strongly believe that if we can instil this passion within children, then their opportunities in later life will be greatly increased.

Experiencing quality literature provides children with a strong foundation to become writers, giving them a range of vocabulary and an understanding of style and tone. At Sennen school children’s writing is systematically developed through the use of personalised targets which they use to edit and improve their work. Our core learning behaviours are key here as we empower children to be critical, spotting improvements and most importantly recognising their strengths.

We hold a literacy curriculum evening each year to share our approach with parents and the community and are happy to discuss the curriculum at any time.

We use the Oxford Tree reading scheme, supplemented with other independent books where possible. Our phonics provision is planned using 'Letters and Sounds'; then delivered using support from programs and schemes such as: 'Giant Phonics', 'Nessy', and 'Phonics Bug'.