We are: excellent readers, inspirational writers, breathtaking debaters, critical reviewers, amazing spellers, grammatical experts and perfect at punctuating.
English at Bickershaw Church of England Primary School
Our overarching aim of English at Bickershaw Church of England Primary School is to: ignite a love of texts so that children can find out more about the world around them, have literate children who develop the necessary life skills for future employment and to encourage confident children who can communicate their ideas successfully to others.
Our English curriculum will be underpinned by the drivers of heritage, initiative and possibility.
At Bickershaw Church of England Primary School we strive for children to be ‘Literate Pupils’ who:
Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2):
In Year 1, children should build on their knowledge from the Early Years Stage, making sure that they can sound and blend unfamiliar printed words quickly and accurately using the phonic knowledge and skills that they have already learnt. Alongside, children will hear, share and discuss a wide range of high quality books to develop a love of reading, an understanding of texts and broaden their vocabulary. When writing, children will begin to develop their spelling skills and handwriting, and learn how to organise their ideas. These skills will be further built on and developed in Year 2.
Key Stage Two (Years 3-6):
In Year 3, children will focus on understanding what they read as decoding skills become more secure. Children will be developing their understanding and enjoyment of a range of different books and they should be learning to justify their views about what they have read increasingly independently. By Year 5, children should be able to read most words effortlessly and to work out how to pronounce unfamiliar written words with increasing automaticity. Throughout KS2, writing should be increasingly accurate with advancing sentence punctuation building on what they have already learnt. By the end of year 6, pupils’ reading and writing should be sufficiently fluent and effortless across all subjects and not just in English in preparation for transition into Secondary School.
More detailed information, regarding what is specifically taught in each year group, can be found in our Progression documents at https://www.bickershaw.wigan.sch.uk/virtual-office/school-curriculum-information
Links to our other web pages:
You can find information about the teaching of Phonics and useful resources at:
You can find information about what we are doing to support the teaching of Reading and how we are encouraging a love of books at: