At Honeywell Junior School, we are passionate about literature and language. By following the statutory National Curriculum for English and offering various enrichment opportunities, we have designed our curriculum to pass on this enthusiasm to all our pupils. We have ambitious and exacting standards for all our children from every background and of all abilities. We design work around a varied selection of high-quality texts, and draw our spoken language, writing, grammar and reading work from these shared books. We create links with our wider learning, frequently choosing materials and activities that make connections with other subjects and experiences.
Our end goal is for all children to leave Honeywell with confidence and independence in their reading, writing and spoken skills; we want them to know their voice has value and that they can communicate their ideas to best effect in a variety of ways through their English skills. Alongside this, we strive to engender a love of learning, a curiosity about words, about language, about books and about the outside world we can discover through them.
Teachers at Honeywell Juniors work to develop a life-long love of reading in all children which feeds imagination and incites curiosity. Children have access to books at levels matched to their needs in all classrooms, as well as a huge variety of high quality, modern texts in the popular school library. A range of different texts from classics, popular authors and non-fiction to graphic novels and film are used to teach across the school.
All children have a reading journal to take home along with their school reading books, and are encouraged to read every day with someone at home.
We develop children’s skills in writing for pleasure and purpose. They express their ideas effectively across the school curriculum and in a range of genres and contexts. An understanding of key spelling, punctuation and grammar (EGPS) skills and knowledge is developed which children are able to apply in creative contexts. Children are encouraged to be independent writers, able to plan, draft and edit their own writing. They can discuss and assess with their peers and adults, and respond to feedback and clear targets.
Children join the school at a range of stages of development in English, and the school provides these learners with access to the curriculum and develops their confidence. Over 41 languages are represented across the school curriculum. This range of language is celebrated and used to support the development of English through access to bi-lingual texts and encouraging parents and carers to share stories from a range of cultures.
“Books have a role to play both in supporting children to become literate individuals and in shaping their sense of self, their outlook and their understanding of the world around them.” CLPE