English

At Copthorne, we strive to develop our pupils’ enquiring minds. Through our English curriculum, we read a range of high-quality texts and learn how to write for a range of different genres. Our aim is to accelerate the confidence of our pupils, encouraging them to become thoughtful and empathetic readers and writers.

Throughout the school, we want to inspire creativity, alongside the learning of a range of skills. With literacy at the heart of our curriculum, we run a whole school spelling programme, designed to help all our pupils, including those with dyslexia, to develop strategies for learning how to spell that they will be able to apply throughout their school career and beyond.

Through our use of the Power of Reading teaching sequences, Copthorne pupils read a wide range of thought-provoking texts, covering an array of fiction and non-fiction books from a variety of different cultures. The Power of Reading inspires our children by incorporating cross-curricular links with Art, History, Science, Geography, PSHE and even DT, as year 4 have experienced when constructing Viking long ships when reading Arthur and The Golden Rope.

At Copthorne we encourage reading through the use of the popular reading scheme, Accelerated Reader. This scheme identifies the correct level of reading challenge for each child and enables them to develop their comprehension skills by completing quizzes on the books that they have read. The children are highly motivated to read and make rapid progress thanks to this programme and the instant feedback they receive from taking the comprehension quizzes. We even have our very own Reading Therapy Support dog, Pixel the Pug, who regularly encourages our more reluctant readers, as well as those with a passion for books, and helps instil in them a love for reading.

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