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
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.
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, with additional time for free reading every day
There is a vibrant reading display showing the reading skills
Teachers read a class book to the children for 15 minutes every day
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 is taught following the Tower Hamlets’ synthetic programme supported with a variety of phonics activities. This is based on Letters and Sounds.