St Mary’s C of E Primary School
English Curriculum Statement
At St. Mary’s we believe that language and literacy is fundamental to the overall development of children and their access to the curriculum in all its aspects. In the society in which we live an ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing and to read a wide range of texts is essential if children are to achieve their potential throughout their school days and into their adult life. We follow the 2014 National Curriculum Framework for Literacy and other guidance to enable quality learning and teaching to take place.
We want all our children by the end of Year Six to be able to:
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) is taught regularly at St Mary’s, both as part of daily literacy lessons and discrete sessions.
We provide a whole range of reading and writing opportunities daily, including Reading for Meaning and cross curricular links where possible. In these lessons we cover a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts. Grammar and punctuation are taught as specific lessons and as an integral part of developing reading and writing skills. Throughout the school, we use a ‘reading into writing’ approach and use Pie Corbett's Talk for Writing . As a minimum, each year group will study at least one high quality text a term to produce a range of quality pieces of work.
In Reception and Keystage one the children use Read, Write Inc as their method of teaching phonics.
We offer support to parents and carers with ways to help with English at home. We hold meetings and workshops to discuss how we approach English and Phonics in school and we highlight the targets your child will be working on during the term at our regular parents’ evenings.
Below are some interesting websites, with fun Literacy games.