Benton Dene Schools

Benton Dene Schools


‘English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A 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’ Department for Education (2014)National Curriculum: English programmes of study

Our English section has pages with further information on more specific areas. Please click the links below for more detail.
Reading Writing Read, Write, Inc (RWI) Narrative

At Benton Dene School we believe that a quality Literacy (English) curriculum which has been
successfully designed and developed for our pupils will develop and enhance our children’s
interest and enjoyment of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
We believe that children need to develop a knowledge-base in English, which follows a clear
pathway of progression and is coherently planned and sequenced as they progress through our
primary curriculum.
Our English curriculum is broad and balanced for all pupils offering a Quality First Teaching
(QFT) approach that is highly integral to raise achievement for all of our children. It is our
intention to ensure that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils have been given the
best possible opportunities to develop their creative writing skills and opportunities to develop
reading fluently with confidence in any subject in our school curriculum, preparing them for
their forthcoming secondary education.

The intent is embedded across our English lessons and our wider curriculum.
Teachers at Benton Dene School adapt the National Curriculum as appropriate to meet the
needs of their classes, but also ensure that cross curricular links with concurrent topic work are
woven into the programme of study. For example; teaching key vocabulary, questioning,
speaking and listening activities, composing and writing sentences, teaching reading, spelling
work and subject text work to develop comprehension and composition skills and the
understanding of print.
Our curriculum closely follows the aims of the National Curriculum for English 2014.
The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

● read easily, fluently and with good understanding
● develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
● acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic
conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
● appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
● write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style for a range of
contexts, purposes and audiences
● use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly
their understanding and ideas
● are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations,
demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

In addition to daily English lessons, children have regular opportunities to read with an adult
and to an adult, to read for pleasure experiencing a range of genres of books, to practise
handwriting and to develop their phonic knowledge.
We use a wide variety of quality texts and resources to engage, motivate and inspire our
children throughout our English Curriculum. We also provide a wealth of enrichment
opportunities, from offering after school book clubs to writing plays and performing them.

As a result we have a community of enthusiastic readers and writers who enjoy showcasing
their developing literacy knowledge and skills. They are confident to take risks in their reading
and writing, and love to discuss and share their ideas. Their enjoyment of reading is fully
preparing them for the next steps in their education as they transition into secondary provision.

We use Cued Articulation to support our pupils. It is a set of hand cues for teaching the individual sounds in a word. The hand movements are logical – each hand movement represents one sound and the cue gives clues as to how and where  the sound is produced.
 It is not a sign language where the whole word is signed – but Cued Articulation can be used alongside sign language. Cued Articulation should not be confused with ‘Cued Speech’.

More information can be found on these links...

Cued Articulation 

Here are some examples of our pupils' work and the progression they make.

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