Our Vision Statement - English
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 build on what they already know. In order to participate fully as a member of society, all the skills of language are essential.
The English Curriculum
For full information on Reading, please visit the Phonics and Reading Page of the Curriculum area of this website
Writing at Our Lady & St Patrick's
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 such as: explanations, instructions, balanced arguments, stories and poems.
They learn to plan, draft, revise, edit and present their work, before evaluating the success of their writing.
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.
Children in KS2 undertake a weekly grammar Hammer check, to asses their understanding and skills and to show their understanding of the correct terminology.
Handwriting is very important at Our Lady & St Patrick's, and children are taught to write in a neat, legible style, and using a cursive script from Year Two onwards. Handwriting sessions take place on a daily basis with the focus on correct pencil grip; forming all letters correctly by knowing the size and orientation of each letter; clear and neat presentation and increasing fluency and speed of writing.
We devised our own whole-school spelling scheme at Our Lady & St Patrick's. Children are taught spellings, which are and tested weekly throughout KS1 and KS2 and 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.