Literacy is the fundamental skill that enriches our daily lives in a wide variety of ways. At Martello, we intend to provide opportunities to engage with high quality, age appropriate, texts to discover language as part of either whole class teaching or independent reading. We have a passion for language and through challenge, choice and creativity, we aspire to transfer this to our children.
Fiction and non-fiction writing opportunities are carefully planned using both class novels and the Talk for Writing approach. Children participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates. These areas of learning develop our children into confident speakers and listeners as well as confident writers. Early writers will call on their own experiences and, as children progress through the school, they develop further by exploring a range of text types. These include extended stories, poetry, diary entries, reports, discussion and many more. As part of the writing process, children are taught to reflect on, edit and improve their writing and its presentation.
Talk for Writing:
The Talk for Writing approach enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’, as well as close reading. The approach moves from dependence towards independence, with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.
Exposing children to poetry regularly in formal and informal ways helps them to develop an appreciation of many kinds of writers and forms. Enjoying, reading and hearing public poetry regularly develops a shared culture and an acceptance that poetry is important. Poetry is rooted in word games, wordplay, song and rhythm, and it’s particularly important that it should be heard as well as read. At Martello, we believe that children need opportunities to read poetry aloud, join in and hear poets perform their own work. If poetry is not given a voice, if it just stays on the page as a printed object, then it is not going to come alive for most children. The best way to help children to become comfortable with poetry is to make sure they hear a wide range of poetry as often as possible. It is important to hear and feel the distinct rhythms of different voices and dialects, considering what this adds to our own interpretations of poetry. Pupils at Martello have the opportunity to listen to, write, develop and perform their own poetry every term.
As we believe that reading is key to all learning, the impact of our English curriculum goes beyond the result of statutory assessments. Children have the opportunity to enter the wide and varied magical worlds that reading opens up to them. As they develop their own interest in books, a deep love of literature across a range of genres cultures and styles is enhanced.
Through the teaching of systematic phonics and reading enquiry, our aim is for children to become fluent and confident readers and writers who can apply their knowledge and experience to a range of genres through the Key Stage 2 curriculum.
As a Year 6, transitioning into secondary school, we aspire that children are fluent, confident and able readers and writers, who can access a range of texts for pleasure and enjoyment, as well as use their reading skills to unlock learning and all areas of the curriculum.
Glossary of Terms
English Long Term Planning 2023 - 2024