English Learning at Jewell

1At Jewell Academy we recognise the need to provide a wide variety of enriching activities and experiences in which children are encouraged to communicate and express themselves effectively, creatively and above all confidently. Whenever possible, English should be fun and therefore, memorable.

English is defined as the united skills and knowledge of reading, writing and oral language. In order for children to become literate they must understand that the written word is a representation of the spoken word, and that both have a variety of forms related to purpose.

Talk for Writing coincides with the whole school approach to English with support from the programme, ‘Power of Reading’ 


from Centre of Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), combining skills of Reading, Writing and Oracy through a structured


 style of planning/teaching, focusing on imitation, innovation and independent application. At Jewell Academy the links between Reading and Writing are crucial to developing effective skills of English. It is essential that children internalise high-quality language, the method of doing so being talk, and learning and applying Reading and Writing skills in a meaningful context.

At Jewell Academy we expect pupils to be able to:

  • Recognise the link between reading and writing, using skills in one to support the other
  • Develop a positive attitude towards their school work, taking pride in achieving the highest personal standard in all areas of3 English.
  • Acquire the skills and strategies to plan and carry out their work.
  • Read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding, orchestrating a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct.
  • Articulate their ideas confidently through discussing reading and writing comprehensively, expressing 4opinions, explaining techniques and justifying preferences, about a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts, using suitable technical vocabulary.
  • Have opportunities to perform their own work to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes.
  • Have an interest in books and read for enjoyment.
  • Have an interest in words, their meanings; developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms.
  • Understand a range of text types and genres – be able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the purpose, situation and audience.
  • Be developing the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness. 
  • Have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses.5

Review, edit and improve their own and others written work against VCOP expectations, Writer’s Toolkits or for a particular audience.

Here are some useful Links to support your child at home

  • www.phonicsplay.uk – for phonics and reading – decoding and blending words
  • www.topmarks.co.uk – interactive games
  • ictgames.co.uk – fun and interactive games
  • twinkl – for spelling lists and rules
  • abc Joined Up is an educational handwriting app for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch.
  • Cursive Writing Wizard – handwriting app for iOS / Android


You could encourage your child to write your shopping list, keep a diary, make a recipe card, write a story or poem, create a news article, write a tag for a present, write a letter – any opportunity for writing needs to be seized.

Modelling writing and giving writing a purpose is also important.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Dear Parent/Carer, attached are English Grammar glossaries for each current year group. These Grammar glossaries are linked to the new English curriculum for your child's year group. So please take a look and see what your child will be learning this year. These are designed to support you with your child's learning at home. If you have any questions please come and see me. Miss Bowden (English coordinator)