In the teaching of English at St. Helen’s we embrace an approach which expects all children to reach or exceed national expectations. High expectations of progress apply equally to children working above, at, or below age-related expectations, including those who have been identified as having special educational needs. Teaching and learning of reading and writing is characterised by ambitious objectives, challenging personal targets, rapid intervention to keep pupils on trajectory and rigorous assessment to check and maintain pupil progress. The teacher’s priority is to support children so that they can keep up with the pace of learning and make good rates of progress. Effective teaching practices means that teachers expect everyone to succeed by offering higher levels of support or extra challenge for those who need it, ensuring that all pupils can access the learning at the expected year group standard.
The implementation of the English policy will ensure that pupils develop detailed knowledge and skills, which they are able to put into practice across a broad and balanced curriculum. Furthermore our pupils will be equipped to begin their KS3 education. The impact of our English curriculum will be measured by assessment procedures which allow us to consider outcomes against all schools nationally in end of KS2 SATs. Perhaps more importantly, it will be measured by how effectively it helps our pupils develop into well rounded individuals who embody our values and carry with them the knowledge, skills and attitudes which will make them lifelong learners and readers.