The context of this school lies at the heart of the school’s curriculum. The majority of children who enter the school do not have English as their first language. Whilst this brings uniqueness to the school, it also provides barriers to be overcome, as without English the remainder of the curriculum is meaningless. This means that the curriculum must be underpinned by the early development of children’s ability to learn English, the development of good speaking and listening skills and develop a love of reading.
These essential skills are the cornerstones to developing knowledge and understanding to access the wider curriculum. This is especially important for our EAL (English as an additional language), disadvantaged and SEND children, who require the acquisition of the English language, alongside the development of social skills and independence.
Through this curriculum we maintain the culture of ‘all the children all of the time’.
In our school, we know and understand, and want our children to know and understand the value of English and the significance of its place in education and society. We want them to know that a high quality education in English gives them a voice with which to communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and that through their own reading and listening they can hear the voices, ideas and opinions of others.
To find out more about our Reading and Phonics strategy, please click the link below.
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