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English at Wensum Junior School

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Through REAL projects children are provided with numerous exciting opportunities to speak, read and write in context. Our children enjoy a wide variety of genres – reading and writing for both pleasure and purpose.

“The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written and spoken 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

• 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.”

We aim to support our children at Wensum to become effective communicators through developing these skills in reading, writing and spoken language. Please click on the links to see the age-specific expectations for your child’s year group.
“Reading with your child is vital. Research shows that it’s the single most important thing you can do to help your child’s education.”

Support materials

Parent information leaflets for reading and writing

Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6

Grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS)

Year 3 grammar mat
Year 4 grammar mat
Year 5 grammar mat
Year 6 grammar mat
Year 3 and 4 word lists
Year 5 and 6 word lists
Spelling letter

Other useful links

Useful Websites

If you’d like to discuss any aspect of how we teach reading and writing then please arrange a time to meet with your child’s teacher and they will be happy to go through it with you.