The Southwater Junior Academy

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English

Our curriculum subject areas of the website are currently being revised and updated. However, please see below for a flavour of what we do.

English Subject Overview

At Southwater Junior Academy we believe that the English skills taught facilitate children to succeed in other areas of the curriculum, thus allowing them to achieve their full potential. Equally, we aim to inspire every child to think of themselves as a reader and a writer and to have a positive attitude towards books and the written word. 

Speaking and Listening 

Speaking and listening skills underpin so much of the curriculum and it is vital that children learn to listen and respond appropriately. Children are encouraged to speak audibly at all times and in discussions they learn how to build on from points made by their peers. Questioning is key to deep learning so is also encouraged. 

Reading

When teaching reading, we aim to encourage enjoyment and pleasure. Children have access to a wide range of fiction and non fiction material, as well as journals and magazines. The main library is regularly updated and children are encouraged to request books to supplement our collection. The ICT suite offers another resource to encourage reading. There is something for everyone! 

Accelerated Reader has been introduced across the school to support their fluency and development of comprehension skills.  To encourage children to become reflective and to develop a good understanding of texts, they also take part in the  whole class teaching of comprehension skills. Children needing more support will have the opportunity to read regularly with a member of staff. We encourage children to be discriminating in their choice of reading so that they are maximising their opportunities to improve their skills and stimulate their imagination. Parents are strongly encouraged to be involved in the reading process and ensure that their child reads at least five times a week, as that makes such a difference to progress.

 

Writing

During lessons children are taught to write for a wide variety of purposes and audiences.  Their writing is strongly influenced by the quality of what they read so high quality texts are essential as these help children to develop a broad and varied vocabulary. The writing process is a complicated one consisting of many different facets but has two basic aspects: compositional and secretarial. The compositional aspect is about thinking, planning, writing, reflecting, editing and communicating meaning. The secretarial aspect is about spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, handwriting and presentation, which makes their writing accessible to others. Our main aim however is to encourage confident, independent writers who achieve pleasure from their own creations.

Spelling

With spelling, we aim initially to help children confidently spell most of the words they are likely to use frequently in their writing. A variety of strategies are taught to help children remember how to spell, particularly those with difficulties. T Spelling and accuracy is promoted across all year groups and is therefore tested weekly. The close link between handwriting and spelling is recognised. Cursive writing is taught building on from the foundations laid at the Infant Academy.     
Please click here to view the DfE Statutory Spelling Lists for Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6