The English curriculum at Laycock Primary will transform children’s lives through the power of the spoken and the written word. We will ensure that pupils leave our school with the language, the skills and the passion to communicate with confidence and to achieve their goals. Whatever their individual starting points, learners will be guided to make excellent progress in English and to maximise their potential. Children who are deaf will follow Laycock’s creative curriculum for English and will be taught using strategies and learning materials that match their particular needs.
Teachers at Laycock plan exciting reading and writing units that challenge and enthuse our learners. The technical aspects of the subject are delivered with creativity and energy so that children always know what they are learning in English and why it is important. We work with partners in the local community and beyond to provide access to a wide variety of texts and experiences; these are used to stimulate the imagination and inspire writing outcomes. Reading material in our school is carefully chosen to reflect realities in terms of gender, ethnic representation and diversity.
Children at Laycock will develop a love for reading that will broaden their horizons and equip them with the tools to access all other curriculum areas. Pupils will learn to write for real audiences and purposes through engaging, cross-curricular writing opportunities. Our children will visit the theatre; they will meet authors and storytellers; they will take part in national events and competitions. During their time at the school, pupils will have many opportunities to perform and publish in their own right. As they mature, Laycock learners will discuss, debate and write on topics and themes that are relevant to their lives. This will give them the knowledge and the voice to build bright futures.
Islington Read Road Map
Within year 5 and 6 at Laycock School we have taken on the Islington Educational Library Services’ Reading Road Map challenge! It is an initiative that has been created to help encourage children to develop a new passion for reading. It is a tool for children, parents and educators to recommend different up to date books, authors and genres. All of the books on the roadmap, except the titles in the classics genre, have been published in 2018.
We hope this challenge will help the children develop love for reading!
Laycock School is committed to teaching and supporting all children to speak, read and write the English language. Confidence in literacy unlocks all other areas of the school’s curriculum and enables children to thrive. Parents and carers have a very important part to play in and enabling their children to read books, practise their writing and comprehension skills and speak as well as listen.
Children are encouraged to write in English, spell well and use punctuation and grammar accurately in line with the new National Curriculum. Within lessons, teachers and support staff encourage children to check, edit and re-draft their own and each other’s work. Children’s work is displayed regularly, celebrating the improvements they have made and the excitement they experience through stories, poems and topics.
The school-wide focus on ‘Power of Reading’ ensures that every class studies one high quality book in detail each term helped by drama and role-play activities. Children are encouraged to take on different characters, make props and play different parts. Our fun and creative approach ensures children understand and think about the story, speak and write about their thoughts and share their ideas and experiences. We also encourage local authors and visitors to come in regularly to share their experiences and ideas first hand with the children.
We encourage children to read in and out-of-school and talk about books they have read. Weekly guided reading and individual reading programmes further enhance children’s skills and confidence. Our topic-based, spacious book corners in every classroom provide a welcome and relaxing area for children to enjoy their reading and be excited about books!
We currently have a school partnership with Little Angel Theatre company. This partnership allows us to work with the company on various projects, such as after school puppet club, workshops at the theatre, studio space and in school. Each child also has the opportunity to see a performance at the Little Angel Theatre. We have been in this partnership for the past 2 years and have found it very exciting and beneficial for our school!