Our English curriculum is designed to meet the needs of our pupils here at St Andrew’s. We believe that for our pupils, a balanced English curriculum needs to recognise the value of speaking and listening alongside written work and reading. We believe that speaking, listening and reading are the foundations for excellence in written work.
At St Andrew’s, our vision is to make a difference; for good, with each other, everyone, in our community. We intend for our English curriculum to make a positive difference for our pupils, filling them with hope and aspiration, and this starts with their development in communication and language.
‘ .…talk is an entitlement. Having one’s voice heard is at the heart of confidence; that an individual’s ideas matter, that they can be respectfully challenged and affirmed.’
(Mary Myatt – The curriculum: Gallimaufry to Coherence’)
Read, write, Inc is used in the lower school with a structured phonics programme.
The scheme starts in Nursery and Reception as a complete approach and continues into KS1 where we concentrate on the phonics elements of the scheme.
Take a look at this introduction to RWI phonics;
From Y2 and into KS2, our phonics and spelling teaching is focused on developing an understanding of spelling patterns and strategies.
As a school, we recognise the importance of reading for all children and have therefore, recently reviewed our current practice in order to improve the teaching of reading. Reading forms an integral part of our school life, and pupils across the school have reading diaries to record their reading both at home and school. Reading is encouraged at home and forms part of our home learning expectation.
At Key Stage One our reading is linked to pupils' phonic stages of development. Dedicated phonics lessons take place daily as well as daily group reading sessions where comprehension type skills are developed.
At Key Stage Two we teach reading through specific planned lessons 'Teaching of Reading' lessons with six high quality texts being studied in each year. During these lessons, pupils are introduced to a wide repertoire, enabling them to develop their language skills and their ideas.
Writing is taught through a topic-based approach, as much as possible, in order to provide purpose and audience for the children. Grammatical accuracy is embedded in the teaching of writing but also as a discrete element of the English curriculum.
Handwriting - Our handwriting scheme makes it much easier for pupils to develop a fluent and coherent joined style. Have a go at it yourself!