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Whole School English Overview

At St Joseph’s we aim for excellence in English achievement throughout the school. We aim to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of Speaking & Listening, Reading & Writing. Pupils will be given opportunities to develop their use, knowledge and understanding of spoken and written English within a broad and balanced curriculum, with opportunities to consolidate and reinforce taught literacy skills.


Pupils at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School will leave Year 6:


  • reading and writing with confidence, fluency and understanding;

  • using a range of independent strategies to take responsibility for their own learning including self-monitoring and correcting their own errors;

  • with a love of reading and a desire to read for enjoyment;

  • with an interest in words and their meanings;

  • developing a growing vocabulary in relation to grammatical terminology;

  • understanding a range of text types, media types and genres;

  • able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation;

  • using their developing creativity, imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness;

  • having a suitable technical vocabulary to respectfully articulate their responses in any discussion.


English lessons at St. Joseph’s are organised as follows:

Early Years Foundation Stage

  • Daily discrete phonics lessons using the Read Write Inc. programme.

  • Opportunities to develop a love of reading.

  • Develop word level and comprehension skills.

  • Opportunities to develop their communication, language and literacy skills on a daily basis in both adult-led and child-initiated activities.

  • Encouraging opportunities to write and mark make through use of role play areas, outdoor learning and child initiated activities.

  • Early letter formation is taught through Read Write Inc.


Key Stages 1 and 2

  • Daily phonics/early writing lessons continue (using the Read Write Inc. programme) until children achieve the required standard.

  • After completion of the Read Write Inc. programme, children are taught English within mixed-ability classes.

  • Children take part in class, guided and individual reading sessions and have regular story times/share a Class Reader to develop comprehension skills and a love of reading.

  • Writing is taught through modelled and guided work that is focused on sentence construction and text structure; coverage is ensured through the use of our Progression in Writing grid.

  • Children are encouraged to complete extended writing tasks weekly during Big Writing as well as within English lessons and across the curriculum.

  • Spelling is taught using Read Write Inc. Spelling and words from the National Curriculum Lists are learnt and tested each week.

  • The teaching of Grammar and Punctuation is embedded within English lessons; coverage is ensured through the use of our Progression in Writing grid.

  • SPaG is taught discretely during the Spring Term of Year 6.

  • Literacy skills are taught and developed across the curriculum.

  • Provision is made for children who require extra support through intervention programmes, differentiated class teaching and targeted teaching groups in English and reading comprehension sessions.

  • Cursive handwriting is taught from Year 1 onwards; children work their way up our Handwriting/Presentation Success Ladder.



Handwriting and Presentation Goals: These are the books of children who are members of the Red Pen Club!



Writing at St. Joseph's