English Subject Lead – Mrs Munton
Reception pupils and Ks1 pupils have Read Write inc lessons every day. At Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School, we are committed to helping our children to become fluent readers. This is one of our main goals. We use the Read Write Inc programme to help us to make every child a reader. Our children love it! Taken from:
Read Write Inc., developed by Ruth Miskin , provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy. It is used by more than a quarter of the UK’s primary schools and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.
Each Read Write Inc. programme meets the higher expectations of the National Curriculum and uses effective assessment to accelerate every child’s progress and prepare them for the Ks2 scheme Language and Literacy
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The following information explains how English is taught throughout the school. English is part of the ‘essential knowledge’ (p6 National Curriculum) that is needed to take an active role in modern day society. The National Curriculum (2014) clearly states that teaching the English language is an essential, if not the most essential role of a primary school. English is fundamental for all learning at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School. It underpins the school curriculum by developing each child’s ability to speak, listen, read and write for a wide range of purposes, using language to learn and communicate, to think, explore and organise. We use the whole curriculum to support each child’s ability to express themselves correctly and appropriately and to read and write accurately and with understanding.
Across the whole school each week the children have guided reading sessions delivered by the class teacher or TA, individually or in small groups – the groups are heard read either daily, twice weekly or three times weekly. This is where children have the opportunity to discuss what they have read in a supportive way delving in between the lines to gain further meaning, inference and deduction. Children are also taught to look for meaning beyond the words within the text and make connections between different parts of texts and with other texts read. Children in both Key Stage One and Two are taught comprehension skills each week in class as a further opportunity to embed and utilise their reading skills.
In English, during Key Stage One children learn to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say. They begin to read and write independently and with enthusiasm, using language to explore their own experiences and imaginary worlds. Children learn to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say. They begin to read and write independently and with enthusiasm. Children use language to explore their own experiences and imaginary worlds. They work in small groups and as a class, joining in discussions and making relevant points. They also learn how to listen carefully to what other people are saying, so that they can remember the main points. This is built on the Early Learning Goals where in Nursery and Reception, the children use language to imagine and recreate role and experiences becoming attentive listeners and interact with others in play.
At times, children participate in a range of drama activities,where they use language and actions to explore and convey situations, characters and emotions, creating and sustaining roles individually and when working with others. Afterwards, the children have opportunities to comment constructively on drama they have watched or in which they have taken part. In Key Stage Two, children develop their drama to convey action and narrative to convey stories, themes, emotions, ideas and devise scripts. They explore dramatic techniques and comment how authors use these techniques in their writings.
We introduce to our children the main features of spoken standard English and teach them how spoken language varies in different circumstances for example: formal and informal situations. This transfers into grammatical constructions in both key stages which the children are taught both discretely and within writing a wide range of texts.
Handwriting and Presentation
At Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary, the children take pride in their work and from Reception children are taught how to write by holding a pencil properly, writing from left to right across the page, forming letters in an appropriate size with finger spaces and joining each letter using cursive script. Cursive writing is a very inclusive way of writing and helps children who have special educational needs. Children find it easier to read their work back quicker and take pride in their presentation.