English

Moorpark Junior School English Intent

At Moorpark Junior School we acknowledge that our children often enter our school with limited language, communication and a vocabulary deficit. Therefore, we make it our mission to bridge these gaps and help our children to develop these skills by immersing children in a language-rich and engaging curriculum, with quality texts at its heart.
Writing
Writing at Moorpark Junior School is taught and celebrated in a range of ways, and is taught daily across the school across a range of subjects. We aim, wherever possible, to create cross-curricular writing opportunities, as we believe that in order for children to see themselves as successful writers they need to be involved in writing for a purpose. We ensure that a range of genres are covered, including: narrative, non-fiction and poetry. Genres are taught and learnt considering the purpose, structure and audience and throughout each genre, the links between reading and writing are made explicit – we read as writers and we write as readers. Vocabulary underpins our writing and children are taught higher-level vocabulary explicitly to strengthen their writing and to enable them to read with more understanding.
Reading
Our aim for reading at Moorpark Junior School is to increase the opportunities for all readers, in particular those who do not read at home. We also aim unlock a love of reading in all as we believe that all children can love reading if they are inspired and encouraged by those who love reading too. We value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We believe reading is key for academic success and make it our aim to ensure that by the time children leave Moorpark, they are competent readers who can recommend books to their peers, have a thirst for reading a range of genres and participate in discussions about books that they have read or would like to read.