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English

Subject Leaders Mrs Knowles & Mrs Malish

In line with government policy, the English curriculum taught at Myrtle Park will undergo an exciting transformation! The new curriculum continues to focus upon the vital role English has both in education and in society with the central aim being to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

Although the overarching emphasis of the English curriculum is unchanged, there are some differences in focus. Teachers will design their own inspiring and engaging programmes of study within which statutory skills are taught. There will be an increased emphasis on some existing areas of study and the introduction of some new concepts. Some of the key changes include: -an increased understanding of linguistics (grammar, syntax and phonetics) and the impact this may have on the effectiveness of writing -the acquisition and understanding of technical grammatical vocabulary -primarily phonic based reading strategies used with an expectation of secure decoding skills by year 3 -increased emphasis on both modern and classic poetry to include learning and reciting -specific spelling rules taught and specific word lists for every year group -focus on handwriting with an expectation for joined writing from year 2 -Précising and dictation introduced in KS2. 

At Myrtle Park, we are excited at the prospect of delivering the new curriculum and inspired by the opportunities this has presented us with. Please see the long term plans to find out more about how your child will benefit from these changes with the engaging learning they have ahead of them!

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At Myrtle Park, we pride ourselves upon meeting the needs of the new curriculum whilst ensuring we deliver exciting and engaging programmes of study tailored to each cohort and individual. As such, we consistently seek ways in which we can improve our existing provisions.

Fostering a love of reading is central to our curriculum ethos. Therefore, we recognise the importance of providing a wide range of literature to support this. Currently, we are in the process of enhancing our library by increasing the range of quality texts held and improving the system for accessing this facility. We hope to introduce an after school lending service which will allow pupils a truer library experience and encourage reading for pleasure. If you would like to learn more about our aims for reading, please view our reading policy.

Some children may find writing a daunting task. At Myrtle Park, we seek to overcome this trepidation by ensuring the children write with a purpose and for enjoyment. We actively seek opportunities for writing that both engages and inspires the children. Where possible, we will allow the children to guide the direction of learning to accommodate their natural curiosity. In doing so, we hope to create a stimulating learning environment where writing is a pleasurable activity! If you would like to learn more about our aims for writing, please view our writing policy.

At Myrtle Park, we seek to create an atmosphere where children are happy and willing to express themselves. We regard the acquisition of speaking and listening skills as pivotal to a child’s future success both in and outside of school. As such, we create as many opportunities as possible for children to practise these skills. If you would like to learn more about these aims, please view our English policies.

Finally, our central aim is to provide a stimulating and absorbing curriculum that combines the acquisition of key skills with the promotion of a life-long love of English. At Myrtle Park, we will continually strive to achieve this.