"We are authors, actors and bookworms"
“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” Lee Lacocca
“A child who reads will be an adult who thinks.” Sasha Salmina
“Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.” Paul J. Meyer
Why should we learn English?
English is at the heart of all children’s learning; it enables children to both communicate with others effectively for a variety of purposes and to examine their own and others’ experiences, feelings and ideas, giving these order and meaning.
At BPJS, we believe that literacy, language and communication are key life skills and that developing language skills, opens up a world of wonder and curiosity for all learners. English is central to children’s intellectual, emotional and social development; it has an essential role across the curriculum and helps pupils’ learning to be coherent and progressive across it.
How will it help children in later life?
Communication takes you to amazing places emotionally, imaginatively and in reality.
Become the: author, actor, editor, leader, illustrator, poet, storyteller, entertainer, biographer, team player, friend, listener, advocate, web designer, media mogul, influencer, news anchor, You Tuber, legal representative, judge, jury, politician, teacher, expert, professor, medic, financer, sales person, entrepreneur, DJ, retailer, sports commentator, carer, sports person, builder, asset manager…………. The list is endless for communication is essential to every career.
As language specialists we:
As readers we will:
As writers we will:
Throughout their journey at BPJS we aim for children to become entertaining, independent writers by developing:
What can children expect in English at BPJS?
We are confident that the children will gain a love for English throughout their time at our school.
What can parents expect?
How we teach:
We want children to enjoy and appreciate a rich variety of literature.
BPJS uses the high quality texts and teaching principles from the CLPE’s Power of Reading project to provide an engaging English curriculum that is based on a wide variety of different books.
The Power of Reading is used across many schools and local authorities nationwide and draws on extensive classroom-based research and development. The Power of Reading supports creativity and enjoyment through the English curriculum, whilst developing a love of reading and writing.
The National Curriculum (2014) drives the learning in our BPJS curriculum, using the Power of Reading to support us in teaching all of the statutory requirements. We complement this with additional opportunities for grammar, punctuation and spelling, as well as extended writing sessions. Furthermore, children also participate in regular handwriting and individual/shared/guided reading sessions.
Handwriting & Spelling:
At BPJS we are very proud of our pupil’s handwriting and take particular care in our cursive/joined up style. We use the letter join handwriting scheme to support the children with their handwriting and this has been proven to improve their skills.
Handwriting is a skill that influences the quality of work throughout the curriculum. The children will develop their skills so that they can produce fluent, legible and, eventually speedy joined up handwriting and to understand the different forms of handwriting used for different purposes. In handwriting we use "Letter Join" to support teaching and learning.
When teaching spelling different strategies need to be used to enable each individual learner to access the curriculum. Throughout the year, children are taught in a variety of styles, giving written, practical and oral activities. Learning spelling strategies is an individual process, and giving children different means by which to learn will enable them to choose an appropriate method which works for them. Effective spelling strategies include a combination of reading and writing, together with quality teaching.
We also use "Rising Stars Spelling" alongside our own school spelling strategies.
Our teaching of writing works alongside POR combined with the national curriculum statements to provide children with an array of skills that they are able to build on throughout life.
Differentiation is key to delivering an effective and inclusive curriculum. All pupils' starting points are considered and activities and work is matched to ensure pupils reach their full potential, whilst supporting the child's learning. Adult support, a range of activities, equipment and resources can enable children of all abilities to access learning.
Our school will ensure that: