At St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills is at the forefront of our teaching.
Every aspect of the children's work is influenced by the extent to which they use language with imagination and accuracy. Competence in reading, writing, speaking and listening is encouraged throughout the curriculum in order to enable the children to communicate appropriately and effectively. We teach English daily as a discrete subject from Year 1 to Year 6 following the Primary English Curriculum 2014, with opportunities for English in the Foundation Stage being incorporated within the child’s day according to principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Phonics, Spelling and Grammar
Reading and writing is taught initially using the DfE Letters and Sounds document. The programme is introduced early on in the Reception class and consolidated throughout Key Stage 1. In Key Stage 2 we teach Spelling and Grammar using a variety of resources and schemes. This is taught both discretely and as an integrated part of our English lessons. Children are taught a wide variety of spelling patterns in conjunction with the common exception words and the word lists linked to their year group.
In Key Stage 1 and 2 children are taught English daily, according to the 2014 National Curriculum. Within our lessons we use a wide range of teaching techniques including drama, group work, independent work, editing and publishing. Where possible, links are made to the current Creative Curriculum topic, with children given the experience of a wide range of reading and writing genres. Ambitious vocabulary is encouraged and highlighted, with elements of grammar and phonics incorporated into lessons, aimed at developing and building on previous knowledge and experience.
Individual reading books are sent home weekly in Reception and Key Stage One and we use a variety of reading schemes including Phonics Bug Club, Oxford Reading Tree and Big Cat Collins. Children read to the teacher or another adult in school twice each week and also take part in guided reading. As children move into Key Stage Two they are encouraged to move away from the scheme books onto library books and they continue to take part in regular guided reading sessions in school to build on their inference and understanding of texts. We strive to develop a love of reading right from the offset and children are immersed into a rich language environment where stories and books play a vital role. All children have a home school reading diary which we encourage parents and carers to comment in. Children in Key Stage Two are also encouraged to regularly respond to texts through Book Reviews.
Please use your child's class page to find out what they are learning about each half term!
What our children say about learning English:
"I like writing stories and learning about different topics in our English lessons like The Great Fire of London."
"We learn letters and sounds each day and practise our reading and writing. I like playing games on the whiteboard because it's lots of fun!"
"If you get stuck a teacher or teaching assistant will help you or you can use the Working Wall to remember all that you have learned in the unit so far."
"I like to work independently as I think it helps me to prepare for going to high school next year."