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Our English and Literacy

Welcome from Link Governor for English

I’m Abbie Holmes; I’m a Foundation Governor and Vice-Chair of Ogbourne’s Local Governing Body. I also have a child at Ogbourne, who is currently in Year 4.  I am the link governor for English, which means I work with our English Lead, Karina Nicholson, in her capacity as lead staff member for this important focus area. Part of my role is to provide support and challenge around the action plan for English and its implementation. In practical terms, I visit the school to help oversee the progress that is being made, whether that is in terms of improving our library, reviewing the children’s work and carrying out pupil interviews, or talking to staff about the curriculum. Breadth of vocabulary is one of the leading indicators of academic success, and for me, the bedrock of this is reading, so it’s really important that we give our pupils space to read and be read to – listening to stories is surely one of childhood’s great pleasures. As well as talking to staff and pupils,
I’m interested in the views of other parents – so please feel free to speak to me any time about things you think we are getting right – or wrong!

"A Child who Reads will become an Adult who Thinks"

Our English

Our Literacy & English Curriculum Intent - 2022-23

Through Ogbourne’s curriculum and Christian values, we aim to develop children’s independence with
a life-long love of learning. Our intention is to motivate pupils through an engaging Literacy & English curriculum that meets the needs of all. 
At Ogbourne, we work hard to ensure we make a profound, positive impact to the outcomes of every child. The importance of being literate has never been more important in our society, and those who struggle to read and write are at a catastrophic disadvantage.

The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • love books and enjoy listening to stories, poems and rhymes
  • read letter-sound correspondences quickly, decode effortlessly and comprehend what they read
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

At Ogbourne, we are not just attempting to teach the fundamental skills and knowledge so that our children are capable; we are aiming to instil in them a love of independently pursuing their development of literacy. We want to create life-long readers and writers, who engage in a wide range of books for both information and pleasure, who are able to apply their skills and learning into other areas of their lives and education.


"An hour spent reading is an hour in paradise" - Edith Wharton

Our Literacy & English Curriculum Implementation - 2022-23

At Ogbourne, all children have the opportunity to experience a wide range of texts, in a variety of genre, and use a range of resources including I.C.T. We teach English every day, along with separate handwriting, phonics and comprehension lessons. This ensure that children have a suitable level of exposure to all areas of the Literacy curriculum. Weekly English homework is also sent home with age-appropriate spellings to be learned, aiding the development of their vocabulary. Children are encouraged to read at home every day and also bring their reading books to school every day in order to take advantage of reading at any opportunity. Every class should be rich in language, speaking and listening, with a culture of children reading in lessons at every opportunity (from the board, reading questions aloud etc.). Teachers will at all times model the correct spoken language of English along with the standard of handwriting expected while both writing on the board and in class marking. Likewise, teachers read aloud to children regularly throught the week which develops their listening and comprehension skills. Our aim is to develop a passion and a love for reading high quality texts in our children.

As part of our English curriculum, we teach reading (phonics, word recognition and comprehension), writing (spelling, handwriting, punctuation, grammar, vocabulary and the composition of a range of text types) and spoken language (including drama, debate, discussion, presentation and recitation). We teach reading through a systematic programme of phonics; we also teach children how to read irregular or 'tricky' words. Rather than use one reading scheme, we use a range of schemes that are colour banded according to reading levels. Children practise their reading skills every day - both at school and at home. They read a range of authors and story types as well as non-fiction texts. We share with our children a love for books and for reading so that they can develop and grow as both enthusiastic readers and writers. We have a set of recommended reading books that we use in each classroom and we encourage children to read them during the school year.


Our Literacy & English Curriculum Impact 

The impact on our children is clear: progress, sustained learning and transferrable skills.  With the implementation of the writing journey being well established and taught thoroughly in both key stages, children are becoming more confident writers and by the time they are in upper Key Stage 2, most genres of writing are familiar to them and the teaching can focus on creativity, writer’s craft, sustained writing and manipulation of grammar and punctuation skills.

Children will be given continuous opportunities to develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening across all areas of the curriculum. We aim that, by the time our children have left our care, that they have developed a love of reading along with a strong foundation of writing, so that they are equipped to apply these skills to any area of their lives. We aim to provide all children, regardless of their backgrounds, with the necessary tools to excel.

English Homework

Acorns / Yr.R
- Read with parents every day.
- Recap letter and recap number of week.

Oaks / Yr.1-2:
- Read for 10mins (minimum) at least 5 times a week.
- Learn 5 spellings per week from Spelling Pack (= approx.’ 5mins per day)

Willows / Yr. 3-4:
- Read for 20mins (minimum) at least 5 times a week.
- Learn weekly spellings (= approx. 5mins per day).

Poplars / Yr.5-6:
- Read for 20mins (minimum) at least 5 times a week.
- Learn weekly spellings.
- Writing/Grammar Task for 45-60mins per week.

English Homework

So, lots and lots of reading! As I’m sure you all know, reading at home is probably the single most important thing a parent can do to support their child’s education.

However, to enable us to be successful, we need your help by reading both with and to your child everyday. But one teacher can only read with a small number of children each day whereas you can read both with and to your child everyday and we ask you to do that as it will make a real difference to their education and their future.

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