At St. Joseph’s we aim to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of Speaking and Listening, Reading, Writing, Phonics and Spelling. Pupils will be given opportunities to interrelate the requirements of English within a broad and balanced approach to the teaching of English across the curriculum, with opportunities to consolidate and reinforce English skills.
At St. Joseph’s we strive for children to be a ‘Primary Literate Pupil’. By the end of Year 6 we aim for a child to be able to:-
read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding, orchestrating a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct
have an interest in books and read for enjoyment
have an interest in words, their meanings; developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms
understand a range of text types and genres – be able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation
be developing the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness
have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses.
Our pupils learn to read and write effectively through using the Read, Write Inc phonics scheme from Nursery through to Year 2. Alongside our phonics teaching, the pupils are taught reading and writing skills through using high quality texts through the 'Power of Reading' initiative.
Reading progression document:
Book band objectives:
Read, Write Inc support:
We teach cursive handwriting from Nursery and would urge parents to encourage cursive writing at home.
English/topic class overviews:
The Book People 'Book Bus' will be back for our next Parents' Evening in Autumn 2019.
'God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom.' Daniel 1:17