English - Our vision
At St. Joseph’s, we aim for all our children to become confident readers and writers and clear communicators. Literacy is a fundamental life skill as it develops the children’s ability to communicate effectively:
-to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes. Children are enabled to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as non-fiction and media texts. Children gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. Children use their knowledge, skills and understanding across a range of different situations. This works to ensure that all children develop the ability to communicate effectively and that any barriers to learning are swiftly identified and steps taken to remove them. We aim to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of spoken language, reading and writing. Pupils will be given opportunities to incorporate the teaching of English across the curriculum, with opportunities to consolidate and reinforce literacy skills.
We aim for pupils to be able to:
- read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding, developing a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct in the drafting and editing process
- have an interest in books and read for enjoyment, becoming enthusiastic and reflective readers.
- 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/audience
- be developing the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness
- have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses
We believe that reading is one of the most important life skill and we strive for all children to enjoy and value it. It is our aim to develop and create enthusiastic and passionate readers for life.
Reading Key Stage 1 Intent
To develop each child’s ability to read. The children are encouraged to acquire a love of books and to develop a respect for them. We aim to use books to stimulate the child’s imagination.
Children are introduced to the conventions of books, left to right, regarding the illustrations as an integral part to the story, turning the pages singly etc. Illustrations are used to develop comprehension skills. Children build a sight vocabulary from the reading scheme.
Shared reading takes place within the English lesson; the teacher reads the text to the whole class as an expert reader. The teacher may ask the children to join in individually through careful questioning or within ‘talking partners’ when discussing questions or when responding to the text.
We aim to instil a passion for reading in all our children and therefore guided reading is an integral part of our school curriculum. Children are grouped according to ability; each group has at least one guided session per week with either the teacher or teaching assistant.
In EYFS and KS1 children take home reading books based on their reading level. The children change their books on set days dependent on their year group. We expect children to read each evening at home with their families and to make comments in the reading record books.
Reading for Pleasure
Each class has a designated Reading Corner which is an engaging and comfortable environment to stimulate and engage children during quiet reading time. There are also several book banks within each classroom. These books are ‘real’ stories with interesting themes which can stimulate points for discussion. Many exciting and rewarding activities are arranged in school to promote the pleasure and knowledge that can be gained from books. Some of these events include “Book Week”, visits by published authors, skilled story tellers and in-school performances by professional theatre groups. We promote reading across the curriculum and use the library and ICT to support this.
Reading Key Stage 2 Intent
For the children to continue to develop their love of reading for pleasure. Children will also develop their comprehension and inference skills.
Guided reading continues as in Key Stage 1 in Lower Key Stage 2. The graded reading scheme is continued at Key Stage 2 and children take home a scheme book daily, which they choose themselves. Able children self-select their own book, beyond the scheme. Children are also encouraged to record when they have read in their own reading record books. A full range of reading genres are offered. ‘Class Readers’ are also used to encourage children’s enjoyment of literature. These are read regularly. Children may also choose a book from the KS2 library.
The children will develop both their spoken language and reading skills enabling to become confident and independent learners.
We believe that the mastery of written language is one of the most powerful gifts that we can provide to our children. We believe that writing should be purposeful, rich and enjoyable for all.
Key Stage 1 Intent
To develop the child’s growing ability to construct and convey meaning in written language.
To teach the children the skills of handwriting, producing clear, consistent, correctly formed handwriting.
Writing will sometimes be factual, sometimes imaginative and sometimes based on children’s own experiences. Writing will be cross curricular and used, for example, to write recounts and reports of investigations, trips or visitors to school. Children’s work is discussed and used to draw attention to purpose, style, presentation, grammar, punctuation and spelling.
Shared writing takes place within the English lesson; the teacher models the writing process to the whole class as an expert writer, articulating the process. The children join in individually or through partner work, with the writing, where appropriate.
Guided writing takes place as part of a guided session within a unit of work. During guided writing the responsibility for writing shifts to the learner. Guided writing takes place with a group of children with similar writing targets/needs. During a guided writing session the children will write with a teacher supporting. It is intended that guided writing provides a forum for children to demonstrate what they have learned about writing and to further develop and extend their writing skills
Key Stage 2 Intent
To extend the children’s experiences in learning to write in various ways for different purposes and audiences.
Children will experience writing across a wide range of genres, including.
- Play scripts
- Instructions / Lists
- Arguments / Persuasive
Children continue to learn through the continued use of both shared and group writing within English lessons.
Having experienced these different types of writing we hope that children will:
- Derive an interest and pleasure from writing
- Express their feelings in writing.
- Show logical thought in planning and editing.
- Be able to direct and instruct through writing.
- Write for a clear purpose.
- Write for a variety of audiences.
- Transmit information.
- Write coherently.
- Write imaginatively.