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What we do

At Downs, our vision is to ensure our children experience a varied and creative curriculum. We believe English is a wonderful opportunity to inspire and develop children's creativity as well as building skills. We aim to provide a supportive and stimulating learning environment where children are given a wide range of opportunities to talk, listen, read and write for a variety of real purposes and audiences. 

Our English curriculum contains both book-based and genre-led units. We have selected rich texts to support our topics, which have proved very popular with the children in recent years. We read together in class to inspire a range of writing. A list of these books can be found on each year group's page, but ideally we prefer children not to have read these prior to starting them in class. (This will be available on the year pages shortly.)

In lessons, we use a range of teaching strategies, including modelling the writing and reading comprehension processes, effective questioning, developing ideas for our working wall, providing opportunities for relevant discussions between learning partners, guided focus group work and ‘Talk for Writing' to name a few.  We ensure that grammar and punctuation is taught in a meaningful way by focusing on how it is relevant to and can improve a piece of writing. Active learning is something that appeals to lots of children, and we use grammar games and 'Kung-Fu Punctuation' to help build children's skills. Developing children's vocabulary, both in speech and writing is also one of our key priorities.

We have high expectations for every learner. By building their confidence, providing the support needed to succeed and extending their learning, we do all we can to ensure that when they leave us, they are secondary school ready. 

More than anything, we strive to instil a passion for reading and writing in every child. 


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Year 3

year 3 core books

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