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ENGLISH IN OUR OFSTED SCHOOL REPORT

Teaching, learning and assessment:

  • Better teaching and assessment has lifted pupils’ achievement at the end of all key stages. Standards are higher in reading and writing than at the time of the previous inspection. As a result, Year 6 pupils are better prepared for the next stage in their learning.
  • Teaching effectively equips pupils with competent phonics skills (letters and the sounds that they make). This helps younger pupils to read confidently and contributes to their good progress in reading and writing.
  • Teachers give pupils regular opportunities to choose and read a wide variety of good-quality texts in school. They encourage pupils to read at home and, well supported by parents, pupils frequently practise reading. Effective training for teachers and teaching assistants has improved phonics teaching so that pupils are better equipped to read successfully and confidently. 
  • Teachers use high-quality texts well to promote pupils’ reading skills and a love of reading. The newly refurbished and restocked library will soon be finished; it provides a bright, attractive and inviting place for pupils to enjoy books. 
  • Teachers give pupils regular opportunities to write about an interesting range of topics. They have higher expectations of the quality of pupils’ written work than at the time of the previous inspection and pupils take more care with their work as a result.
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Outcomes for pupils:

  • Pupils make faster progress and standards have improved at the end of all key stages since the previous inspection. They make rapid progress in reading and writing.
  • Pupils develop a passion for reading. They learn how to read confidently and with increasing fluency as they move up through the year groups. By the end of Year 6, pupils speak knowledgeably about favourite authors and books. Standards in reading at the end of Key Stage 2 have steadily improved in recent years and were in line with the national average in 2015.
  • Younger readers rapidly acquire secure reading strategies, including phonics, to help them when reading becomes tricky. The results of the Year 1 phonics check have steadily increased over the past three years and were above the national average in 2015. Better phonics skills at the end of Key Stage 1 have strengthened pupils’ literacy skills during Key Stage 2. Standards in reading at the end of Key Stage 1 were above the national average in 2015, ensuring that pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their learning in Key Stage 2.
  • Pupils make good progress in writing. They regularly write for a wide range purposes and subjects, developing a good understanding of how and when to use different styles of writing to suit the reader.
  • Over the past year, pupils have taken more care with their work, so that their work is increasingly well presented and tidy. Pupils’ handwriting has also improved, which has increased the fluency and speed with which they write. 
  • The most-able pupils make good progress. By Year 6, they read fluently and with expression. They relish opportunities to write.
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Next Steps to Outstanding:

  • While teachers are confident about teaching most aspects of English… some are less secure when it comes to teaching aspects of grammar and punctuation at the higher levels demanded by changes in the revised national curriculum.
  • Progress in developing grammar and punctuations skills during Key Stage 2 is a little slower than in other aspects of their writing. In 2015, pupils’ attainment in writing was much higher than average at the end of Key Stage 1 but only average at the end of Key Stage 2.
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