English is at the heart of all children’s learning. At Cherry Tree Academy we provide our children with engaging opportunities and varied experiences to give meaning and purpose to the words they read and write. Our aim is to immerse pupils in the wonderful world of quality texts to instil a lifelong love for reading and writing and a confidence to explore their imagination.
With a high emphasis on developing vocabulary we create opportunities for speaking and listening to enable children to be able to communicate effectively. We strive to teach our children how important their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills will be in the real world.
English teaching is not limited to English lessons and children are encouraged to develop and explore the skills learnt in English lessons across the wider curriculum. The English curriculum at Cherry Tree Academy ensures that children have the best possible start in life and leave our school with a lifelong love of learning, ready for the next stage in their education.
How we teach English
Our English lessons develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary. English skills are transferred across our curriculum giving our children the skills to access all subjects, such as providing them with the reading skills to access reading materials and carry out research, to write up experiments and to recall significant events in History.
Our curriculum is carefully sequenced and planned to teach pupils to write and speak fluently so they can communicate their ideas and emotions and through their reading and listening others can communicate with them.
We recognise that spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing so children are exposed to a wide variety and high quality of language to develop their understanding, vocabulary and grammar. Our reading curriculum helps children build their skills in word reading and comprehension, beginning with a strong focus on the teaching of phonics as children start school. Our writing curriculum is carefully constructed to allow children to become competent in spelling and handwriting and composition, articulating ideas and structuring them into speech and writing.