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Our Lady and St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School Part of the Stella Maris Catholic Federation

English

Our English Curriculum
English Planning for Each Year Group

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. 
 
Our Aims

 

  • To promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written and spoken word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
  • To ensure that all pupils read easily, fluently and with good understanding of the text.  
  • To develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
  • To ensure that all children acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.  
  • To encourage children to appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.  Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
  • To use discussion in order to learn; children should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.  
  • To become competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate. 

 
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

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.  
 
Spelling

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. 

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