English is led by Paul

At Ben Jonson we believe that all our children deserve the highest quality education. Through ‘quality first’ teaching, our children will learn to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and through their reading and listening, they will understand and evaluate the views of others.

We believe instilling a love of reading gives children a head start on expanding their vocabulary and building independence and self-confidence. It helps children learn to make sense not only of the world around them and their imagination but also people, building essential social-emotional skills.By exposing children to a range of  high quality texts in class and via our Ben Jonson Reading Canon, we aim to increase and improve their vocabulary beyond that which they hear or use in everyday speech.

Reading and writing is taught across the curriculum. In Early Years and Key Stage 1, all children receive daily phonics teaching using the Read Write Inc scheme. Children who finish the scheme and those in Key Stage 2, receive a daily Reciprocal Reading lesson using a shared text within the class. These lessons focus on developing children's skills in predicting, clarifying unknown words, questioning and summarising. Often the texts will link and support with other curriculum areas. In addition to formal teaching, all children enjoy a daily class story time together and are given a reading book to read at home. These are changed at least once a week. Children also have access to our well-stocked library and encouraged to access books from our Ben Jonson Reading Canon.

In addition to reading, all children receive a daily English lesson. Our English curriculum is designed to give children experience of writing in a wide range of common fiction, non-fiction and poetry genres. We use a phased approach. In phase 1, children investigate high quality examples of texts and 'read as a writer'. In phase 2, children are taught the skills of writing and given opportunities for practice with support and modelling from the teacher. In phase 3, children use their learning to create their own independent written piece. Often this will be published and shared.

We believe all the skills of English are essential to participating fully as a member of society. We aspire that all our children will learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently so that they will be prepared for a future and have all the skills to succeed.

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Ben Jonson Reading Canon  Information on Read Write Inc  Books your child will read in school  Reception high frequency words
Books read by staff members Top tips for home reading Oxford Owl website (includes free ebooks)  Books for Topics website


English Curriculum Overview 2021

English Progression Overview with NC Objectives 2021