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English statement of intent


Sheringdale’s aim is to ensure all children leave primary school as enthusiastic, confident and fluent speakers, readers and writers of the English language. Sheringdale goes beyond the National Curriculum to provide engaging and high-quality lessons for pupils using a combination of Power of Reading and Talk for Writing approaches. This provides breadth, depth and authenticity to the curriculum’s English objectives.


Sheringdale teaches phonics through Letters and Sounds with Jolly Phonics actions to support learning, especially those with SEND or EAL. Phonics teaching begins in Nursery and is constantly built on and revised throughout the Early Years and KS1 to ensure children are secure in their phonics knowledge. Children learn to recognise all the different sounds and combinations that they might see when they are reading or writing. As a result, the children are able to tackle with confidence any unfamiliar words that they might discover and use these strategies to support them as they move on through the school.


Sheringdale’s approach to reading is that all children have the skills and ability to tackle a range of genres, unfamiliar vocabulary and different subject matters. The children are exposed to a variety of high-quality texts including poetry and non-fiction, supporting learning across all curriculum subjects.  A love of reading is nurtured with welcoming book corners in every class and children are encouraged to become enthusiastic, independent and fluent readers.  Children are encouraged to discuss the books they love, sensitively challenge the opinions of others and unpick and recognise the different messages conveyed in narrative text.

Reading underpins the school day in a variety of ways.  Reading is embedded into all areas of our curriculum and classes are read to daily by their teacher, with opportunities for other adults to share books they love with each class.  They are also given opportunities to enjoy the book corners and read a variety of books independently as well as regular visits to the local library and librarian assemblies in school.  From Early Years through to Year 6, teachers prioritise reading comprehension skills through small group work to ensure talk for learning, discussion and reflection opportunities are used effectively.  Progression across the year groups is both in terms of difficulty of word decoding in a text and the complexity of character and plot.  Importantly, small group discussion enables those with SEND or EAL to access more challenging texts and fulfil their potential as learners. 


In order to support the development of writing, children are exposed to high-quality texts and are taught through a Power of Reading approach. Power of Reading is an immersive teaching method which provides access strategies for all children including SEND. It enables children to explore a particular topic, cross-curricular links are strong, and it provides opportunities for speaking and listening before writing through activities such as role play. During the writing stage, children are encouraged to plan, develop and edit their writing, taking pride in the creative process. Mistakes are celebrated and create discussion points between teacher and pupil, and between peers.  Sheringdale strives for all children to leave primary school as confident and articulate learners, with a deep knowledge and understanding of audience and purpose in their writing across many genres.