The overarching aim for English in the Jersey Curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
We use high quality texts as hooks to model and inspire reading, writing, speaking and listening and the teaching of vocabulary and grammar in context. Explicit phonics instruction supports the development of early reading and writing skills and is taught in a consistent, structured way.
The Jersey Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
read easily, fluently and with good understanding
develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate
Spoken Language Years 1-6 Pupils should be taught to:
listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers
ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge
use relevant strategies to build their vocabulary
articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions
give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes, including for expressing feelings
maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments
use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas
speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English
participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play/improvisations and debates
gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s)
consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others
select and use appropriate registers for effective communication
Our aim is for all children to become fluent readers, who have a love of books and thereby become readers for life. Children may bring home books from the Read Write Inc. programme, graded reading books. In addition to this, your child will be making their own choices of reading material from our well-stocked libraries and book corners.
Your child’s free choice of book is just as important to their success as a reader, as is the book chosen by the teacher. Giving time to reading is important, and sharing a book with a child is more than just hearing them read. We therefore try to ensure that these times are undisturbed and enjoyable. We positively encourage parents to take part in this process too. Reading to your child and letting them see you reading for pleasure will have a huge impact on your child’s reading development. To aid communication between home and school, the children have individual reading record books in which parents and teachers comment. Throughout the school, books are shown to be important and valued. Each class has a dedicated book area and children are taught how to enjoy and respect our two libraries. All classes are read to regularly and books are often celebrated in displays around the school. Becoming a reader is vitally important and every support will be given to ensure that your child is successful.
Writing Years 1-6 In the early stages, written activities and from the child’s own language and experiences. Writing is developed through the recording of observations, reflecting on experiences, cross curricular themes and imaginative work. Ideas are discussed and children are given time and encouragement to write independently. Language structures, spelling, grammar are also taught. Children are encouraged to draft, extend and improve writing, and the use of dictionaries and thesauruses play a key role at this stage. Handwriting is taught in all year groups, beginning with correct letter formation and children are expected to present their work appropriately, with final pieces being of high quality. From the very beginning, we encourage all children to see themselves as writers.
Please select from the files below to see the Jersey Curriculum content for your child's year group.