English

The Curriculum

In English, pupils develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. It enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively. Pupils learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts. The study of English helps pupils understand how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. Using this knowledge, pupils can choose and adapt what they say and write in different situations.

The documents on this page set out what a child is expected to know by the end of each year as well as some suggestions of how you can help at home. 

Reading for Pleasure
 
We believe that reading for pleasure is a fundamental part of life, regardless of your age. At Burwell, we offer children a wide variety of high quality texts to explore. We have a well-stocked library as well as an informal reading zone, filled with different genres including a children’s weekly newspaper. Classrooms are full of books and children are encouraged to read for fun on a regular basis. Staff read aloud to the children so that they can access rich and challenging texts.
 
From September 2019, we are introducing an after school ‘book and biscuit’ club which will give children the opportunity to share a classic text with a member of staff. Reading communities are really important as they generate talk about books and therefore improve language skills, inference and deduction, a sense of the world and, of course, a greater understanding of how to love reading. 
 
If you would like to support reading for pleasure at home, please have a look at the list of resources below:
 
The Reading Agency - ideas, activities, reviews and thoughts about reading.
School Reading List - lots of ideas on books to read at different ages. 
The Book Trust - a great website with lots of interesting articles and advice on developing the love of reading.