The English curriculum is designed to offer children a language experience which integrates oral language, reading and writing Curriculum notes that language is crucial in the learning process. Children learn about Ianguage, they also learn through language.
Oral language is of particular importance throughout the curriculum, as it is central to the development of the child’s general language ability. Talk and discussion are encouraged in every curriculum area. Through oral language children
Develop the ability to communicate and use language socially
Develop cognitive skills
Develop reading and writing skills
Enrich their language experience and imaginative powers.
The approach to reading presented in the English Curriculum is based on this integrated language experience. From earliest years children should experience a print-rich environment in which they have ready access to books. As their reading abilities develop, children
Read for pleasure and information
Learn to locate and use books for a variety of purposes
Develop the higher order comprehension skills
Learn to read for both functional and social purposes.
The ability to write clearly and expressively is developed through the process of writing. Children;
Have opportunities to write for a variety of purposes, for different audiences and in a range of genres
Develop the ability to self-correct their own writing, through a consistent experience of drafting, editing and redrafting
Develop a command of the conventions of grammar, spelling and punctuation, and progressively become inc
By using a range of assessment tools, the teacher can monitor the children’s progress in language development to identify difficulties as early as possible, and provide appropriate support.