“If you don’t see the book you want on the shelf, write it.”
At Willow brook, we believe that every child is a reader and a writer. A genuine love of books and words through reading and writing, which work in unity with one another, lie at the heart of our English curriculum. We will spark a genuine wonder and curiosity around reading and writing to empower our children to grow into literate, articulate and confident readers and writers.
It is our intent that through an engaging, interactive and creative English curriculum, our children adopt a genuine love of reading and writing across the school. As teachers, we will equip our Willow Brook children with the ability to think critically about the depths of reading and writing, collaborate and support one another to develop their ideas as well as infuse them with the skills to be creative and caring individuals throughout their English growth. We encourage our children to become literacy leaders and joyful readers, through modelled courage and wisdom, while exploring reading and writing across the curriculum.
English is a fundamental subject that teaches our children the essential skills needed for life: speaking, writing fluently, reading and listening. Our child-centred English curriculum places an emphasis on the importance of our children’s voices being heard. The dialogue around idea-generation is equally important as the writing process and the reading skills taught, which are vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and summarising. Oracy at our school reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially, emotionally, physically and linguistically. Exposing our children to a wide range of languages that pupils hear and speak are vital for developing our children’s vocabulary and grammar and their understanding for reading and writing.
The reading curriculum focuses on word reading and comprehension (both listening and reading) through whole class teaching and reciprocal reading. Our teaching focuses on developing pupils’ overall competence in decoding (phonics), fluency, comprehension and vocabulary as well as making predictions, summarising, clarifying and questioning what they read.
Within our writing curriculum, our teachers focus on developing transcription, spelling and handwriting, as well as composition– articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing. Our children are exposed to a broad range of vocabulary and inspiring texts to generate a genuine love of reading and writing across the school, which echoes from our teachers – as role models – across to our children. This teaching approach prepares our children with passion, enthusiasm and self-belief that will stay with them throughout their entire English journey into secondary school and beyond.