Subject Leaders - Mrs Leng & Mr Hawkins
When our children leave St Paul’s we expect them to be avid readers, children who read fluently and widely and are able to express preferences and opinions about the texts that they read. We want them to read for pleasure, having had access to a wide range of text types, genres and authors in order for them to make informed opinions about their favourites.
Our aim is for children to write with confidence and accuracy for a variety of purposes and audiences whilst developing their own individual flair. We want our children to demonstrate grammatical accuracy and be able to apply spelling patterns correctly using a neat handwriting style.
We also aim for our children to apply these English skills to all areas of the curriculum.
This is underpinned by…
High Expectations –
Books are at the heart of everything that we do at St Paul’s; we follow a text based curriculum which informs our planning, work produced in books and subsequent assessment of children’s work. In reading children are given the opportunity to read both full texts and high quality extracts. Children are encouraged to read independently across a wide-range of genres. Reading will also be modelled by the class teacher in: English, shared reading, guided reading and ‘end of the day stories’.
We aim to develop children’s understanding of texts through questioning and discussion. Every child from nursery to year 6 has a home reading book which is at their reading level. These books are chosen independently by the children, to promote reading for pleasure. Or, from a selection of books matched to their phonics phase or colour-banding level.
We teach phonics through the Letters and Sounds and Phonics Play programmes. These are a systematic, fast paced approach to teaching phonics. The children read decodable books that match their phonics level.
Every child learns the continuous cursive script in KS1. In KS2 they progress to join the letters (where appropriate).
The school follows the Spelling Shed scheme where children are given words based around spelling rules related to the year group. Children are also expected to self-correct spellings based around these rules and the common exception words in their writing.
Grammar and punctuation is taught in both stand-alone lessons and also as part of lesson starters. They are linked to the children’s learning in English specifically the type of writing they are producing.
Pupil Voice -
Evidence in knowledge –
Evidence in skills –