Milstead and Frinsted
Church of England Primary
At Milstead we are passionate about our curriculum and believe English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching across all subjects. For our pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. We believe that fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects and our teachers develop pupils' Oracy, Writing and Vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. Children are exposed to a language rich, creative and continuous English curriculum which not only enables them to learn successfully but also develop a love of creative writing and purposeful speaking and listening. We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. We have high standards for listening, which we take time to develop. Speaking and Listening is core to our curriculum and embeds all learning through discussion; talk partners play an integral role in learning within our school.
Writing skills are clearly outlined in an age appropriate and progressive format so that the children's writing is extended as they progress from EYFS to KS1 and KS2. These skills are promoted in all subject areas to support the understanding that writing is important across the curriculum. Throughout their time at Milstead children will regularly explore a variety of writing genres through shared, modelled, guided and independent writing activities.
Handwriting is taught progressively and at a developmentally appropriate pace with fidelity to our Little Wandle Phonics scheme, building up to joined cursive script. You can read more about how we teach handwritinghere.