At St Michael’s Catholic Primary School, we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills and that it is our role, through the English curriculum, to help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively with the world at large, through spoken and written language. Through a love of reading that is embedded within our school, we strive to help children to enjoy and appreciate literature and its rich variety.
Aims and Objectives:
As a school, we aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping children with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading both across the curriculum and at home. As a school, we aim to ensure that all pupils:
•read easily, fluently and with good understanding
•develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
•acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
•appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
•write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
•use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
•are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
English Resources used at St Michael’s
At St Michael’s we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.
Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.
Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.
As our children reached the end of Key Stage 1, they move on to the following spelling programme:
Read Write Inc Spelling
How does this programme support your child in learning to spell?
RWInc Spelling is an interactive programme which teaches spellings in a fun and engaging way. Each unit is introduced with a short video. It helps children to learn spellings with common patterns and uses rules in order to help them recall spellings as well as teaching exceptions to these rules.
Individual workbooks allow children to practise their spellings and the teaching naturally follows on from the Spell Review part of the RWInc phonics programme taught as soon as the children enter preschool at St Michael’s. Therefore the children are already proficient at using dots (for individual sounds) and dashes (for digraphs) and prefixes and suffixes can be added to root words to help them to spell with greater accuracy, understanding and confidence.
At St Michael’s we aim to deliver all elements of the curriculum in an exciting way. This year, we have introduced a text-based approach to delivering the requirements of the English curriculum in each year group. We are using high quality texts each half term to support children to develop speaking and listening skills, reading and writing in a fun, engaging and motivating way.
The English Focus Book –Long Term Overview document below, shows the books and genres of writing that will be covered in each class throughout the year.