The English curriculum encompasses the following key skills: reading, spelling, creative writing, grammar, comprehension, library skills, speaking, listening, and handwriting. The objective is for the students to finish Oxbridge School with a broad understanding and enjoyment of the English language.
We place particular importance on phonics, and a distinctive feature of the British National Curriculum is the Phonics assessment at the end of Year 1 which provides a precise indication of student achievement.
At Oxbridge School, we believe reading is a fundamental aspect of students’ learning. This academic year, we have introduced an award-winning literary curriculum syllabus. This book-based approach enables students to focus their learning to create a consistent and school-wide context of learning.
By engaging students in a book-centred approach, it encourages our students to become critical readers and acquire a myriad of skills as they encounter a wide-range of significant authors and a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
In addition to this, we will further promote students’ reading via regular monitoring with their teachers and peers to ensure they are engaging in appropriately challenging texts. This will also enable students to explore and comprehend a deeper understanding of different forms of literature.
Through the use of The Literary Curriculum, we have mapped the coverage of the entire English Programme of study for KS1 and KS2 for Writing and Reading Comprehension. In many cases, objectives are covered more than once and children have opportunities to apply these several times over the course of a year, as well as to consolidate prior knowledge from previous years. This approach supports children to think deeply and develop skills with depth.
English skills are also embedded within different areas of the curriculum to provide a broad exposure to the language.