English is taught both as a separate subject and through the many other subjects in our topic approach to the curriculum. We follow the government's National Curriculum for English as this is what children will be tested on but we teach it in a creative way. As well as reading and writing, which have separate pages here, English also includes speaking and listening. English is coordinated by a team of teachers led by Mrs Joiner. See also our curriculum page for details of what we teach.
At Woodside Academy, reading is a top priority and is a key driver for our curriculum. Therefore, we have a Reading leadership team comprised of the English Lead, Phonics Lead and Early Years Lead. It is our intention to ensure that by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education. We therefore intend to encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop: knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live; to establish an appreciation and love of reading; to gain knowledge across the curriculum; and develop their comprehension skills. We are committed to providing vocabulary rich reading material so children are exposed to a wide variety of texts.