The Belham Curriculum:


The Belham's approach to English teaches a passion for reading and writing through a diverse and engaging curriculum.

Curriculum Intent

By the end of Year 6, our pupils can express their ideas clearly and coherently in their writing. They will possess a broad vocabulary and write fluently with purpose, considering the reader's perspective. Exposure to a broad and diverse selections of texts will enable them to write across various genres. They will also be proficient in self-correcting and improving their written work, drawing from core texts and advanced vocabulary. Our aim is for them to consciously manipulate sentence structure and comprehend the principles of effective writing by the time they transition to Year 7. To prepare them for secondary writing lessons, we will develop their writing stamina, enabling them to delve deeply into subjects and showcase their writing skills.

Our Offer

In the Early Years, our pupils learn to write sentences dictated by the teacher from memory and commence crafting short narratives, initially composing sentences verbally. In both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, our pupils have daily writing opportunities, either during English lessons or broader curriculum activities. They explore various genres, including letter writing, narratives, diary entries, and non-fiction reports. We employ the CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) and The Literary Curriculum recommended texts, which expose our pupils to advanced vocabulary and illustrations that ignite creative ideas, fostering rich writing possibilities.

During writing lessons, children engage in verbal brainstorming to gather ideas, using collaborative writing, film, imagery, and whole-class discussions to solidify their comprehension. In the older year groups, our pupils are encouraged to revise and evaluate the effectiveness of their own and peers' writing, considering intonation and guiding the reader. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are integral components of literacy instruction, continually taught throughout the year. Our spelling program, Spelling Shed, also supports the acquisition of sophisticated vocabulary by instructing pupils on word morphology and etymology while offering opportunities to apply this learning through various engaging tasks and games.

How you can help at home

Read every day, whether it's your child reading to you or you reading to them; this time is crucial to best support their reading progress. Creating writing opportunities at home is a great way to nurture a love of writing. Diaries, letters, and postcards provide easy ways to engage children. If your child is reluctant, you may find that using a special pen or notepad helps. Writing doesn't have to be on paper; using a computer still aids in composition and sentence structure. Remember, if your child makes spelling or grammatical errors, don't highlight them all. Instead, choose 1-2 things to ask your child to double-check.