Seven Mills

Primary School

Ambitious, Compassionate
& Empowered

English

English at Seven Mills is led by Rosie.

Seven Mills's English Curriculum aims to:

  • foster a life-long love of reading and writing through rich, varied and exciting learning opportunities for children

  • engage children in purposeful reading and writing across the curriculum

  • enrich children’s vocabulary 

  • provide an engaging curriculum in line with the requirements of the revised National Curriculum 

  • provide a robust assessment approach, centred on formative assessment 

Writing:

At Seven Mills, we adopt a cross-curricular approach to the teaching of English.  English units are based on high quality texts which link to the half-term’s topic.  Each unit of learning includes a range of non-fiction and fiction writing opportunities, with a main end writing outcome linked to the text.  Opportunities for writing poetry are also developed at least once per half term.  

Reading:

At Seven Mills, children develop the skills required for reading as well as a love of reading. We achieve this through a rich Reading curriculum. In every classroom: 

  • Reading is taught daily 

  • There is a vibrant reading display showing the reading skills 

  • Teachers read a class book to the children for 15 minutes everyday

To further develop a love of reading, children:

  • Have access to the school library and a 30 minute session with the school librarian every week 

  • Celebrate World Book Day 

  • Partake in a poetry slam where every child learns a poem off by heart, having an opportunity to perform these poems to others.

Phonics:

Phonics is taught following the Tower Hamlets’ synthetic programme supported with a variety of phonics activities.  This is based on Letters and Sounds.

Our current priorities in English are:

  • To embed recent curriculum innovation in English, Reading and Phonics, ensuring all teachers are using them effectively to improve learning 
  • To support and develop teachers’ high expectations for all learners in Reading/Phonics and Writing by developing challenge for all children
  • To develop the standard of writing in specific year groups, ensuring they are in line with national standards