Moorpark Junior School English Intent
English has an important place in education and society and at Moorpark Junior School we make it our mission to immerse all children within a language-rich and engaging English curriculum, with quality texts at its heart. We believe that our high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.
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.
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 studied, 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.