English including Phonics
The English Curriculum Intention
Through the English Curriculum we teach pupils to speak, write, read and listen.
To inspire a love of literature and reading. Through that literature pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.
Pupils should learn about:
Spoken language, reading (word reading and comprehension), writing (transcription and composition) and grammar. Pupils will study a range of writing genres including: non-fiction, fiction and poetry.
- At St Joseph’s we understand that spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing and staff are therefore competent in using ‘Talk for Writing' techniques.
Pupils are screened on entering EYFS for the Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI). This is a programme which has been found to improve children’s language and early literacy skills. Robust evaluations found NELI children made on average 3 months of additional progress in language.
- Oracy is an area of focus and through our weekly Learning Forum, the children are able to build on their oracy skills by recapping their learning.
- All Classes perform a play every year where drama skills are explicitly taught and developed.
- Phonics is taught daily at KS1 through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds.
- We understand the importance of inspiring children to read for pleasure and do this by using a wide-range of literature (having an ongoing 'class novel' read aloud by the teacher daily; every class maintaining a reading corner; every class using the school library; local library visits and daily reading lessons).
- Reading lessons take place every day as a whole class based lesson focusing on the key comprehension skills.
- Teachers develop units of work linked to specific genres and use excellent books and texts as a basis for analysis, exploration and enjoyment. English lessons are taught widely through our thematic topics as we think a topic approach makes learning more engaging and relevant.
- We have developed a handwriting criteria and follow a scheme of semi-cursive handwriting called Penpals, which is taught weekly in every class, pupils can work towards achieving a special pencil, pen or fountain pen.
- We promote the use of film and digital literacy and link our English to Computing where we can.