At Nelson Mandela Primary School, English and the teaching of English is the foundation of our curriculum. Our main aim is to ensure that every single child becomes primary literate and progresses in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. We ensure that English is not only taught as a discrete subject but that it is embedded throughout the curriculum map. Through using high-quality texts, immersing children in vocabulary rich learning environments and ensuring curriculum expectations and the progression of skills are met, the children are exposed to language that is rich, creative, and to a continuous English curriculum which will not only enable them to become primary literate but will also develop a love of reading, creative writing and purposeful speaking and listening. We want our children to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. We believe that all pupils should be encouraged to take pride in the presentation of their writing, by developing a neat, joined, handwriting style by the time they move to secondary school. We believe that all good writers refine and edit their writing over time, so we want children to develop independence in being able to identify areas for improvement in all pieces of writing, (their own and their peers,) editing their work effectively during and after the writing process. Our aim is to develop children’s love of reading for pleasure and for our children to read a wide range of books by different authors and challenge themselves within their choices.
Through our role as an RSC Lead School, the children have had the opportunity to explore the works of Shakespeare across the school as part of our curriculum. This has had a direct impact on their understanding of language and how plot, characters and themes can be developed in their own writing. They have experienced theatre through Live Broadcasts, had the opportunity to produce costume and set design and worked with RSC practitioners, all of which has helped to develop their future aspirations and cultural capital.