English is a core subject in the National Curriculum and is taught daily at Thames Ditton Junior School.
Our school aims to nurture our pupils' enjoyment and creativity in English by providing opportunities to develop their imagination, knowledge and understanding, thus allowing our pupils to become confident and progressive in their use of the English language.
Children develop their reading and writing at Thames Ditton Junior School in five hourly English lessons per week, as well as three shorter additional sessions which cover spelling strategies and guided reading.
Our English curriculum strives to be creative, varied and enjoyable through the exploration of different genres. Units of work normally last between two and three school weeks and cover a particular text type such as narrative, instructional or persuasive writing. Each unit follows the same structure- firstly pupils read and analyse a variety of texts within the genre, before developing their own ideas through drama and discussion and finally drafting, editing and publishing a piece of writing at the end of the unit.
English lessons endeavour to engage all children through the careful selection of texts, by using DVD and video clips where appropriate, as well as building in opportunities to use ICT as a stimulus for writing. This ensures learning English at Thames Ditton Junior School is both fun and challenging for our pupils.
In addition to English lessons, children have the opportunity to write extended pieces in other foundation subjects such as recounts in history, or diary entries in RE lessons. This allows pupils to write for different purposes, still using all of the features of text types and the spelling, grammar and punctuation rules that they have been taught in their English lessons.