English plays an important role in both education and in society as a whole.
At Our Lady & St Patrick's, we fully recognise that speaking & listening, and the development of good communication skills are the cornerstones of all learning.
Through being taught to write and speak fluently, pupils learn to communicate their ideas and emotions to others; through their reading and listening, others can communicate and respond.
Reading allows pupils the chance to develop culturally, emotionally, spiritually and socially. Through reading a wide variety of texts pupils acquire new knowledge and vocabulary, and build on what they already know.
In order to participate fully as a member of society, all the skills of language are essential.
Children's enjoyment of our English Curriculum is strengthened through events such as National Poetry Day 2023.
Look at the fun we had when we enjoyed a fabulous visit from children's poet and author Fay Evans (photographs below):
Our Aims in English:
For full information on READING, please visit the Phonics and Reading page of our Curriculum area of the website, by clicking the link below...
Oracy in our English Curriculum
Oracy develops pupils' confidence, articulacy and capacity to learn.
Providing a high quality oracy education empowers students, regardless of their background, to find their voice for success in school and in life. Effective communication skills are needed for students to succeed in later life.
We aspire to create an oracy embedded curriculum and enable pupils to develop speaking and listening skills in all year groups.
Please follow the link below to the Oracy area of our website.
Writing at Our Lady & St Patrick's
At Our Lady & St Patrick's, all children are exposed to high quality texts, which stimulate positive responses to reading, high quality writing, and purposeful opportunities for Speaking & Listening.
Our writing curriculum ensures that all children have many opportunities to write for different purposes. We encourage writing through all curriculum areas and use quality reading texts to model examples of good writing, through 'The Power of Reading'.
We have recently introduced a new writing approach in Year 1 to Year 6, 'I am a Clever Writer'. The main aims of this new approach to writing are:
Copies of the long term plans for writing, based on quality texts - including the use of picture books throughout school and up to Year 6 - are available from our writing lead. In addition, skills progression and genre progression documents are in place for Year 1 to Year 6, and a copy of these is also available from our writing lead (Emily Nattrass).
In our Early Years, teachers are skilled in the teaching of early writing and phonics. All early writing is based around key texts and 'real-life' activities, which are closely linked to EYs topics and themes.
🌟 STAR WRITERS 🌟
Each Friday, we look forward to 'STAR WRITING', where children try their best to show everything they've learned in writing lessons through the week.
High Quality Texts to Underpin Writing
As our class topics are based around quality texts, children experience writing in many different styles and have the opportunity to hear the writing styles of many significant children's authors.
Children are encouraged to use their knowledge of these texts to write for a variety of purposes and wherever possible to publish them for a selected audience using a range of writing forms. They learn to plan, draft, revise, edit and present their work, before evaluating the success of their writing.
In our Early Years and Key Stage One, children learn to spell through the implementation of the Success For All Phonics Programme, and daily lessons in phonics and spelling.
In Years 3 to 6, children are taught spellings relevant to their year group, through our bespoke spelling scheme.
Children's progress in spelling is tracked carefully as they move through school, so that any gaps in spelling can be identified and quickly addressed.
Children also regularly use dictionaries and thesaurus to check and improve their work.
Grammar and Punctuation
Throughout school, grammar and punctuation is taught to match the writing purpose. This begins with teaching and consolidating basic sentence structures in Early years and Key Stage One.
In Key stage Two, children further develop their understanding of increasingly complex sentence structures, and using the relevant technical terms to be able to discuss and justify the choices they have made when structuring their ideas.
The 'I am a Clever Writer' approach teaches and reinforces grammar within each unit of work.
Handwriting is very important at Our Lady & St Patrick's, and children are taught to write in a neat, legible style, from their earliest days in school, and using a cursive script from Year Two onwards.
Extra handwriting sessions are timetabled in addition to handwriting being modelled and taught within all writing lessons. We maintain a focus at all times on correct pencil grip; forming all letters correctly by knowing the size and orientation of each letter; using the correct handwriting joins; clear and neat presentation and increasing fluency and speed of writing.
National Curriculum Programme of Study for English
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