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:
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 No Nonsense 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.