A complete Mastery English curriculum taught through immersion in high quality, whole class texts, which develops young learner’s fluency and depth of understanding in the key reading, writing, grammar and punctuation skills.
Why would schools consider moving towards a mastery curriculum for English?
We know from national data that too many pupils, particularly those who are disadvantaged, leave primary school with poor literacy skills. Equally worrying is that the group of pupils, who leave key stage 1 with lower attainment in English, becomes an even larger group at key stage 2. The curriculum in many primary schools across the country has previously been too narrow, focussing heavily on test techniques, reading comprehension has been taught through a mediocre guided reading session with very limited texts and many schools have moved towards teaching discrete spelling, punctuation and grammar lessons. Sadly, this approach has resulted in far too many pupils leaving primary school without a love of reading and with a poor grasp of English. For the children living in language-deprived households without a positive reading role model at home, this culture of reading for pleasure is ending up as a luxury reserved for the middle classes. The inspirational primary class teachers are, in many cases, going to be the only hope for breaking this cycle.
The application date for schools wishing to take part in the development of the Mastery English Programme has passed, and the project is now well under way.
We will put new information about workshops and training on the Mastery English website as they are planned
Find out more at www.masteryenglish.co.uk