Subject: English

At Orchard Head we want to create confident, enthusiastic and reflective readers and writers. We hope our children will be proud of any finished work while being inspired to think deeply and creatively in order to discuss and improve their ideas, working alone or with others. We want the children to take ownership of their work and discuss its merits and how to make it even better.

Teachers at Orchard Head want to inspire the children, hoping to support creative thinking through high expectations and by immersing the children in examples from the text type or genre being taught.

We promote the importance of reading throughout school. We aim to demonstrate our love for reading as adults while teaching the skills needed to get the most out of any book. We look for clues in books we read, ask and answer questions about the information and consolidate our knowledge.

We have high expectations for our young writers and aim to teach them the appropriate recognition, editing and reflection tools needed to improve a piece of work. After completing a cycle of learning, children complete an extended piece of writing. We then edit our writing, using self-reflection, peer and adult feedback to recognise our strengths and development points. This is then followed up by completing a final version which is then self- and peer-assessed. At Orchard Head we want our children to praise and encourage each other, making useful suggestions to extend their learning.

Teachers inspire creativity, curiosity and imaginative thinking through interesting and engaging lessons. Our teachers use a range of tools to support individual learners’ needs such as word mats, pencil grips and control, dictionaries, interactive resources, talking tins, videos and computer technology. We hope to promote digital literacy through school, giving children the opportunity to type up and present their ideas or research further into a topic or genre.