English Curriculum

Intent

It is our intention when teaching the English curriculum that our pupils acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to become lifelong learners. We strive to ensure that all our pupils receive a well-rounded learning experience when reading, writing, speaking and listening which will equip them with the fundamental tools to achieve in St. Benedict’s and beyond. It is our intention to immerse pupils in the wonders of quality texts to instil a love for reading, a passion for discovery and a confidence to explore their imagination.

English is a core subject of the National Curriculum and a prerequisite for educational and social progress as it underpins the work undertaken in all other areas of the curriculum. The acquisition of language skills is of the utmost importance to us here at St. Benedict’s and therefore the teaching of all aspects of English is given a high priority within school. Confidence in basic language skills enables children to communicate clearly and creatively, preparing them for their journey through school and beyond.

Our aim is to:

  • Ensure that every child becomes a reader, a writer and confident speaker by the time they leave Emmaus Primary School.
  • Promote and instil a love for reading, writing and high-quality literature
  • Teach an English curriculum which is sequenced to develop the acquisition of knowledge and skills.

 

Implementation

English is a core subject in the National Curriculum. We use the National Curriculum 2014 and Read Write Inc. to inform our planning and as the basis for implementing the statutory requirements of the programme of study. English is planned both discretely and as a vehicle for learning in other areas. We base our school medium-term plans around a sequence of high quality age-appropriate texts. These plans define what we teach and ensure an appropriate balance and distribution of work. English lessons are complemented by regular basic skills sessions which include grammar, handwriting and spelling sessions.

The skills that children develop in English are linked to, and applied in, every subject of our curriculum. The children’s skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening enable them to communicate and express themselves in all areas of their work in school. 

 

Foundation Stage

Daily Phonics for 15 – 20 minutes.

Handwriting, including physical handwriting taught as part of phonics teaching.

Guided early writing activities.

Early writing activities and opportunities provided daily – writing table, role play area.

Guided reading completed weekly.

Grammar taught in context across the curriculum.

 

Key Stage 1

Daily Phonics for 25 minutes.

Daily Guided Reading sessions (each group 2-3 times per week).

Handwriting practice through basic skills sessions and applied across the curriculum.

Grammar taught explicitly through weekly basic skills sessions and in context across the curriculum.

Extended writing taught across the curriculum.

 

Key Stage 2

Daily Guided Reading sessions (each group once per week).

Handwriting practice through basic skills sessions and across the curriculum.

Grammar taught explicitly through weekly basic skills sessions and in context across the curriculum.

Extended writing taught across the curriculum.

Spelling patterns and statutory word lists taught in discreet lessons and reinforced throughout the curriculum.

Phonics interventions / whole class focus where needed

 

Impact 

It is our intention when teaching the English curriculum that our pupils acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to become lifelong learners. We strive to ensure that all our pupils receive a well-rounded learning experience when reading, writing, speaking and listening which will equip them with the fundamental tools to achieve in St. Benedict’s and beyond. It is our intention to immerse pupils in the wonders of quality texts to instil a love for reading, a passion for discovery and a confidence to explore their imagination.

English is a core subject of the National Curriculum and a prerequisite for educational and social progress as it underpins the work undertaken in all other areas of the curriculum. The acquisition of language skills is of the utmost importance to us here at St. Benedict’s and therefore the teaching of all aspects of English is given a high priority within school. Confidence in basic language skills enables children to communicate clearly and creatively, preparing them for their journey through school and beyond.

Our aim is to:

  • Ensure that every child becomes a reader, a writer and confident speaker by the time they leave Emmaus Primary School.
  • Promote and instil a love for reading, writing and high-quality literature
  • Teach an English curriculum which is sequenced to develop the acquisition of knowledge and skills.

 

Key Documents

Headteacher: Mr M Philips
Email: admin.stbenedicts@schools.sefton.gov.uk
Address: St Benedict's Catholic Primary School, Copy Lane, Netherton, Bootle, England, L30 7PG

 
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