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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 provide our children with enrichment opportunities and experiences. 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 reach. By giving this context to their learning, our children understand 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 is taught in a cross-curricular way, linking up with other areas of the curriculum. 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.
We use the Talk for Writing approach at St. Jude’s. 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 Talk for Writing 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 weekly sessions in 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 use Letters and Sounds for our phonics programme daily. We develop the children’s phonic awareness to help them break words down to their phonemes, and then figure out which graphemes represent them. They will then write down the graphemes to spell out the word. As children move into Key Stage Two we use No Nonsense Spelling to continue the teaching and learning of spelling. Children are tracked to ensure accurate teaching can take place.
Our pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure and to read widely through our reading schemes and school library. Letters and Sounds develops the children’s phonic awareness to help the development of reading by segmenting and blending sounds. 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. 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