“I have come so that you may have life and have it to the full.” John 10:10
The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening
At St John’s Catholic Primary School, we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop a child’s love of reading, writing, speaking and listening. We aim to inspire children to read widely and often, for enjoyment, for information gathering, and as a tool for enhancing the richness of their written work. In addition, we want to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and to develop their language and communication skills. We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in Literacy, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. At St John’s, we believe that this secure basis in literacy skills is crucial to accessing high quality education across all subjects and necessary to providing our children with the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.
We have a rigorous and well organised English curriculum that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion. Our curriculum closely follows the aims and the progression outlined in the National Curriculum. We recognise the importance of a rich and diverse curriculum and we always strive to incorporate cross curricular writing opportunities and provide real purposes for writing, as we know this enhances outcomes. Our curriculum also includes a ‘reading into writing’ focus through employing ‘talk for writing’ approach. The writing process includes planning, drafting, sharing, evaluating and editing. During the editing process, the children are able to share good examples of learning and examples for improvement-this complements our collaborative learning ethos across our literacy curriculum and beyond. Through this process of peer and self-editing, children are equipped with the skills to understand how to improve their own learning; improving content rather than just error spotting. In addition, the teaching supports a natural progression of their writing stamina.
We use the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics programme from EYFS – Year 2, which is supported by 'Phonics play' planning and the reading schemes from Collins and Big Cat (phonetically decodable books). The promotion of high reading standards continues from Year 2 onwards through the use of the Accelerated Reader programme and the development of a ‘love of reading’ approach.
We use a wide variety of quality texts and resources to motivate and inspire our children. Cursive script is taught throughout the school from Reception to Year 6. We have consistently high expectations of handwriting and presentation across all areas of learning. Our children take pride in their learning and recognise the need to write carefully and clearly so that it can be celebrated by everyone. We also provide a wealth of English based enrichment opportunities e.g inviting authors or weekly visits to our onsite library.
As a result of our curriculum, we have a community of enthusiastic readers and writers who enjoy showcasing their developing literacy knowledge and skills. They are confident to take risks in their reading and writing, and love to discuss and share their ideas. Our attainment at the end of KS2 is above that of Kent and the National Average. Our children's learning is assessed from our teacher's assessment and knowing and understanding the children that we teach. In order to track progress across the school, we also use standardised testing. This ensures that we are able to individually track progression of skills and learning.
Examples of our learning in EYFS
Examples of our learning in KS1
Examples of our learning in KS2