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English Curriculum Review



I met with Mr C.Powell, who has joint responsibility for English.


Purpose of the visit and key areas focused on:

What the key areas of development are in each year group and what are we doing to progress in those areas (e.g interventions, new initiatives etc..)? What is working well and how has this been achieved? How are we raising standards in children's reading and writing and what support is in place to help them? Are children making good progress in all English areas (reading, writing and SPAG)? Do you have any news that you would like to share with governors?


Staff in each class completes pupil progress discussions in December and again in June in both reading and writing. These follow moderation between teachers within each year group, of work that shows displays the skills children are acquiring. This is also supported by a series of external moderation meetings.


In addition to this, all Teachers are expected to have knowledge of those children who are working below at or exceeding the expected standard. Four target children are identified across the year group and these children form the basis of moderation sessions. The Summer Assessments form the basis of transition to the next year group and act as a starting point for discussion between teachers.


The “5 Ps” initiative is in place to support and develop key inference and retrieval skills. Each ‘P’ covers a different strand of text analysis: Points of view, Predictions, Patterns, Possibilities and Puzzles.


The use of Bug Club and Spelling and Grammar Bug is used whole school to set homework and provide teachers with an opportunity for monitoring comprehension and SPAG activities. Reading for pleasure has been implemented across school with an author focus in each class.


Mrs. J.Handley (Vice Chair/Parent Governor)