Hello and welcome to our English Curriculum page. Here you will find lots of information to tell you a little bit more about how we approach this core subject at BGP and also some links to useful sites that will help you to support your child’s learning. English is lead in school by Mrs N.Lark (Reading Lead) and Miss D Johnston (Writing Lead). If you require any further details, we’re always happy to help, you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com or speak to your child’s class teacher.
BGP English Curriculum
We follow the School Improvement Liverpool medium term plans for English which link directly to the National Curriculum. Click here for an overview of the unit plans for each year group. You can also visit your child’s class page on this website for current curriculum information.
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BGP English Curriculum
We follow the School Improvement Liverpool medium term plans for English which link directly to the National Curriculum. Click here for an overview of the unit plans for each year group. You can also visit your child’s class page on this website for current curriculum information. For our English related school policies, click here.
At BGP reading and fostering a love of the written word is central to everything we do. We are fortunate to have a fabulous well-stocked school library and outdoor reading spaces, alongside Book Stops in shared spaces throughout school and individual class Reading for Pleasure areas. Our staff share their passion for reading with our pupils and we regularly organise reading events and visits for the whole school community. To find out more about what’s coming up next please check out our school Twitter account @BGPrimary and use the hashtag #BGPReads
We’d love to hear about your family’s adventures in reading! Why not Tweet us a photo @BGPrimary of you and/or your child ‘caught reading’, using #BGPReads #CaughtReading. You might make it onto our Caught Reading display and earn yourself a prize!
Parent Book Swap
Have you visited our Parent Book Swap trolley in the main entrance? Here you’ll find plenty of books for ‘grown ups’ (plus some ‘toddler books’ for our pre-school visitors) that you’re warmly invited to take home with you to read. When you’ve finished, pop the book back in the trolley and help yourself to another! If you have any books you’d like to donate to the trolley we’d love to have them, thank you – you can pass any unwanted books in to our office.
The programme of study at Key Stages 1 and 2 are:
- transcription (spelling and handwriting)
- composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).
Learning to write is a complex process that involves a variety of skills but is an extremely powerful medium and we encourage all our children to become “authors” in their own right, taking pleasure and pride in their writing.
Initially, a child needs to be able to form the letters needed and then be able to express one’s ideas using these letters. Through shared and guided writing opportunities, we equip children to develop the skills of writing clearly and legibly. When the child is confident with these basic skills, they will work towards being able to write with a greater sense of purpose and learn to organise their writing according to this purpose and genre.
At BGP, children are introduced to cursive style writing from early years. This is taught with a sequential and progressive approach and we encourage children to take pride in how their work is presented. We teach the PenPals joined handwriting scheme. For an introductory video to PenPals visit this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7BpAomCdeo .
Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation
To read our school’s Spelling Policy please click here.
Links to the National Curriculum spelling word lists for each year group can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239784/English_Appendix_1_-_Spelling.pdf and National Curriculum vocabulary, grammar and punctuation year group expectations can be found as a pdf by following this link https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335190/English_Appendix_2_-_Vocabulary_grammar_and_punctuation.pdf.
Useful English Websites
Here are some useful sites to help you to support your child’s learning in English:
A wonderful side, packed with fun games to help your child in all areas of English. http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2literacy.html
This site links to ‘Magic Key’ activities to support some of the books we use as part of our home reading scheme. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/magickey/index.shtml
Fun activities for KS1 from the BBC to help your child with literacy http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/
Phonic games and activities from Words and Pictures http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/wordsandpictures/
Reading, writing and spelling and grammar skills can help you tell a story, share your ideas, write a letter and make sense of instructions. We use them every day and they help us understand each other. This KS2 Bitesize site from the BBC has lots of information, clips, revision and games to support the English curriculum http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/
Look, Cover Check spelling practice game http://www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/lookcover/lookcover.html
Print out this writing mat to help you to improve your writing https://parkfield.edmodo.com/file/view-crocodoc-new-window?uuid=dc39e5e2-22b8-4850-b2a2-81cf338f3939&file_id=7216430
On-line Oxford dictionaries and word games https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/schools
Space themed ‘hangman’ spelling game http://www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/curriculum/literacyresources/files/alpha/alpha.htm
Harry Potter Book Night Reading Cafe
For some great book recommendations for children take a look at http://www.goodreads.