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English is at the heart of all children’s learning. We have listened to our children’s voices and created a curriculum based on their interests that encourages them to become enthusiastic and engaged with English. We have agreed whole school curriculum drivers which run through all our curriculum subjects. We provide our children with enrichment opportunities and experiences to give meaning and purpose to the words they read and write. It is our intention to immerse pupils in the wonders of quality texts to instil a love for reading and a confidence to explore their imagination. With an emphasis on vocabulary we create opportunities for speaking and listening to enable children to be able to communicate effectively. We strive to teach our children how important their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills will be in the real world and the opportunities they all have the potential to explore. English teaching is not limited to English lessons and high expectations are held in every subject where English skills can be used to nurture a child’s natural talent or interest in another subject. By giving this context to their learning, we want to equip our children with the perseverance to develop their oracy skills which will influence their ability to read and write fluently, understanding the value of English to them now, and in their futures.
English teaching is progressive and in line with the National Curriculum. Teachers create a positive attitude to reading and writing in their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in these areas. Our English lessons develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary. English skills are transferred across our curriculum giving our children the skills to access all subjects such as providing them with the reading skills to access reading materials and carry out research, to write up experiments and to recall significant events in History. Resources are updated on a regular basis and we have developed a range of extra activities which are used to promote English within the school including World Book Day, Weekly class writers’ and readers’ awards, author and poets visits, author theme days, Reading Plus, library sessions and our parents library as well as The Book Bus visiting. Reading and Writing is highly valued at St. Jude’s and each week a ‘Reader of the Week’ and ‘Writer of the Week’ is chosen from each class to promote these subjects.
Units of work are carefully designed text-led learning journeys, with a clear starting point and end outcome. We know the value of varied vocabulary and this is developed and practised across all subjects in the curriculum constantly. We use some ‘Talk for Writing’ strategies to encourage pupils to express their ideas and to develop more sophisticated vocabulary. We develop writing skills through differentiated work so that our children have the stamina and ability to write at the age expected standard. Children are taught new writing skills and then given the opportunity to practise these within extended writing opportunities. Children are then taught how to evaluate, edit and improve their writing to the best of their ability. We promote the importance of written work by providing a writing purpose and opportunities for children’s writing to be read aloud and listened to by an audience. Opportunities are then provided to apply these taught skills in other areas of the curriculum.
Cursive handwriting is to be used across the school. Handwriting is to be taught during Read Write Inc. sessions in Early Years and Key Stage 1. Interventions will take place in Key Stage 2 where necessary. Handwriting is incorporated into all English lessons, maintaining high expectations of all children. We follow the Morrells Handwriting scheme when children are ready to join.
Systematic synthetic daily phonics is taught following the Read Write Inc Programme throughout Early Years and Key Stage 1, beginning in the summer term of Pre-school. Pupils are grouped according to ability across the year groups. Progress is tracked throughout the year by the early reading and phonics lead and groupings are adjusted accordingly. Pupils in Year 1 have a National Phonics Screening Test in June. Pupils who do not achieve the expected standard re-sit the test the following year when they are in Y2.
When pupils complete the Read Write Inc phonics programme they begin 'No-nonsense spelling'. This programme is taught throughout Key Stage 2. If children complete the Read Write Inc programme and still require extra support with phonics in Key Stage 2 they receive Read Write Inc intervention (Fast Track tutoring - Year 3 & 4 and Fresh Start - Year 5 & 6)
Our pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure and to read widely through our reading schemes and school library. Read Write Inc. develops the children’s phonic awareness to help the development of reading by segmenting and blending sounds. We use the Read Write Inc. reading scheme throughout Early Years and Key Stage 1 where books are fully decodable and correlate with where the child is up to in the scheme. Children are also sent home a book which is very closely matched to their reading level from Oxford Reading Tree, Project X or Floppy Phonics and a book to read for pleasure with an adult, which will be from the school library.
In Key Stage 2 our guided reading sessions cover a wide variety of both fiction and non-fiction books and follow the reciprocal reading approach to help advance the children’s comprehension skills. Whole class as well as small group sessions take place each week. The children will be heard reading regularly, both individually and in groups. The two reading schemes used are Oxford Ready Tree Treetops and Literacy World. Parents are given reading guidance and clear expectations to support reading at home through the use of home school reading diaries.
Reading is not limited to our English Curriculum, reading is integrated in all subjects to encourage independence and to extend vocabulary and opportunities to improve communication. Reading for pleasure is promoted in all classes through the use of Reading Together sessions daily, the school library and Reading club.
- Pupils in our school will enjoy reading and writing and have positive attitudes towards English.
- Children will have a wider vocabulary that they can use when both written and spoken.
- Their skills will be evident across other areas of the curriculum where the quality of work is as high as English lessons.
- Pupils will enjoy reading across a range of genres and will use a range of strategies for decoding words, not solely replying on phonics.
- Parents and carers will have a good understanding of how they can support reading at home and contribute regularly to home-school diaries,
- Children will have built the foundations of early reading and pre-writing skills within the early years to enable them to reach their full potential.
- Pupils will have a good knowledge of a range of authors and poets.
- The % of pupils working at ARE within each year group will be at least in line with national averages.
- The % of pupils working at Greater Depth within each year group will be at least in line with national averages.
As outlined above, please find the supporting documents we use to deliver our curriculum. They include our English policy, our Reading policy, our quality text spine and writing and reading progression at St Jude's.
Our Quality Text Reading Spine. Have a look at the texts we will be covering in each year group.
Reading Progression - click on your child's year group for questions to support your child's reading at home.
Websites to support your child with Reading and Writing at home, click on each website to explore.
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
English Photo Gallery
Our school library
Children enjoying our school library
Official Library Opening
On Thursday 22nd October 'The poet from the Peakes' - Andy Tooze, officially opened our school library. Andy then wrote and performed a poem about St. Jude's library. Each class were lucky enough to have Andy spend some time with them exploring, writing and performing poetry.
Roald Dahl Day
To celebrate the birthday of Roald Dahl each class focused on this inspiring author - have a look and what we did!