At Beechfield, we believe literacy and speaking skills are key life skills. Our writing curriculum supports children to develop their spoken language skills and then apply them to their writing, across a range of genres, through teaching composition, vocabulary, grammar, punctuation and spelling. We want to foster a love of writing by using ‘Talk for Writing’ strategies, where children are able to engage in exciting and high-quality stories. The children are able to listen to and retell these texts, which enable them to internalise language patterns and then use the features taught to them to create their own independent writing.
At Beechfield, we believe reading is the foundation of all knowledge and learning. We strive to ensure all children are able to access and read age-related texts in order to develop their knowledge that they can then apply across the whole curriculum.
Our children are taught daily to read via a structured phonics programme that gives them the tools to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes. Children are taught how to apply these skills independently when reading and writing. From Year 2 up to Year 6, we teach daily guided reading sessions that focus on key reading skills, e.g. inference, summarising, retrieval via a range of exciting and diverse texts.
Please find information on our English Curriculum below.