Holy Rood Catholic Primary School


English

The English Curriculum at our school can be seen across three key strands of learning: Reading, Writing and Spoken Language.

Reading:

Throughout the phases of learning in our school, reading is taught and consolidated throughout the week. In the EYFS children listen to daily stories as well as participating in 1:1 reading and guided reading in Reception. Providing opportunities for all children to access high quality whole class texts is essential not only in the EYFS, but across the school. Every narrative unit of work has a text focus and all classes in KS1 and 2 have a weekly comprehension lesson where the teacher can target specific reading skills such as decoding, making inferences, predicting and deducing. In years 1-3 children also have guided reading three times a week where they engage in a challenging text with the teacher and TA before applying the skills they have developed to a written comprehension piece. In years 4, 5 and 6, reading is incorporated into almost every area of the curriculum where a high quality text extract can be used as the basis of learning for example in history or R.E. or level of understanding and interpretation can be assessed for example using word problems in mathematics.

Our children can also access the school library every break time and lunchtime to engage with high quality texts further,  or they can attend a weekly book club in the magnificent ORA (Outdoor Reading Area).

Writing:

The teaching of writing at our school begins with emergent writing in Nursery using a multi-sensory approach, to improving letter formation and simple label and caption writing in Reception. As the children become more confident in the application of their phonics, they will begin to form simple sentences to describe their illustrations. As children move into KS1 they will be exposed to different genres of writing such as poetry, instructions, stories and information texts before planning, editing and improving their own writing with a friend and with the teacher.

These essential skills will continue to develop in KS2 where children’s reading development will heavily impact on the quality of their writing. They will need to show they can consistently apply sophisticated punctuation and sentence structures to a variety of text-types, whilst developing a writing style which engages the reader. The skills of planning, editing and re-drafting will continue to be taught however the emphasis will be placed on children being able to do this more independently and whilst they write.

Spoken Language:

The importance of ‘spoken language’ has been heightened greatly in the new primary curriculum and the expectation is that important features of speaking and listening should be incorporated into every subject we teach. It is referenced specifically in our weekly Literacy plans however it will also be taught though role play, debate, discussion, performance and recital in many other subject areas. In this way, we ensure that all children become confident, eloquent and informed speakers in front of a variety of audiences as well as being effective listeners armed with good questions when the role is reversed. This development will begin in the EYFS through the prime are of ‘Communication and Language’.