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, and that an ability to communicate effectively is fundamental to human flourishing.
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 inspire and 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’)
How is phonics taught at St Andrew's?
Read, write, Inc is used in the lower school as our structured phonics programme.
The scheme starts in Nursery and Reception as a complete approach to reading and writing. Children are grouped depending on the stage of phonics understanding, and all groups are taught by trained staff.
In KS1 we concentrate on the phonics elements of the scheme. Children are taught in three 'sets' for phonics based on their current achievement, using the RWI strategies and resources.
As children move through Y2 and into KS2, our phonics and spelling teaching is focused on developing an understanding of spelling patterns and strategies.
What is Read,Write,Inc?
Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics complete literacy programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling.
Take a look at these guides to RWI phonics for further information;
What happens if my child does not meet the phonics standard at the end of Year 1?
Children who have not met the phonics standard at Year 1, continue with targeted support in Year 2.
Occasionally, children with specific learning needs move into KS2 without meeting the phonics standards. These pupils continue to receive bespoke phonics support either from our SEN advisory teacher, or through class based support and are regularly monitored and assessed against the Y1 standard.
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!