At Blueberry Park, we follow the School Improvement Liverpool English Plans from Years 1-6. These documents support effective implementation of the National Curriculum. Children need to secure knowledge, understanding and skills in decoding and comprehension in reading and in composition, transcription, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation in writing.
There is a key focus on the 'Immerse, Analyse, Write' teaching sequence to ensure that our children have opportunities to practise the key skills whilst building the understanding and knowledge to apply these skills across a range of genres. Each year group has a list of suggested genres with 2-3 week block plans for each one, incorporating Fiction and Non-fiction each half term, with Poetry usually once per term. Each plan includes Statutory Requirements, previous knowledge, possible texts and suggested teaching sequence.
To supplement this, we further personalise our curriculum through making real life links, use whole-school stimuli and encourage Children's Choice writing weeks. Every lesson begins with a short Phonics or Grammar, Punctuation or Spelling starter activity.
Years 1 - 6 in our school follow the School Improvement Liverpool Spelling Toolkit which supports teachers in ensuring coverage of the statutory requirements for the National Curriculum. There is a suggested teaching sequence for each spelling convention with supporting children's resources for each sequence. We follow the 'Review, Teach, Practice, Apply' Spelling cycle and use ongoing assessment opportunities.
We follow Collins Primary Focus: Handwriting which is a comprehensive whole-school programme designed to support teachers and children through the stages of learning a clear, fluent, legible and fast style of joined writing from the early stages to the top of the Primary phase. All our adults model their handwriting according to school policy, ensuring our children learn by copying joins correctly in taught sessions and through further independent practice.