In English lessons, children are taught speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through studying a variety of styles of writing. Teachers follow the Teaching Sequence for Writing, which means that children will firstly be taught to read and understand the text, then practise the skills of the style of writing (including grammar) and apply into their own writing. If you scroll to the bottom of this page, you will be able to read the English medium-term planning which details what your child will learn and when.
Speaking and Listening
Children will be taught to discuss their learning and to develop speaking skills. They will become more familiar with and confident in, using language in a variety of situations, for a range of audiences and purposes. They will, for example:
Reading is broken down into ‘word reading’ and ‘comprehension’.
Children will be encouraged to work out unfamiliar words that they meet. They should use their knowledge of word roots and word families to help them to understand new words. Children will be taught key comprehension skills to enable them to read, understand and enjoy a wide range of books. Year 6 will have the opportunity to read and discuss a wider range of fiction, poetry, plays and non-fiction. They will, for example:
Writing is developed through teaching the following:
Spelling: Children should learn to spell new words correctly and have opportunities to practise spelling skills. They will be taught spelling patterns and conventions, and draw on their knowledge of word families and roots to help them spell new words correctly. They will continue to practise and use the words included in the National Curriculum for years 5 & 6. Children will be expected to use a dictionary and thesaurus.
Handwriting: Pupils will continue to be taught handwriting in order to increase speed, fluency and legibility.
Composition: This includes vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. To develop their composition skills, the children will be taught to: