St Margaret Clitherow

RC Primary School, Stevenage

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Our Learning / English

English at St. Margaret Clitherow

English is an integral and fundamental component of the whole Primary Curriculum. A good literacy education is pivotal for all learning in every curriculum area.Developing good communication skills are at the core of our English curriculum and ensure that children are able to function effectively in everyday life.  

The National Curriculum for English divides the subject up into the following areas:

How do we teach reading at St. Margaret Clitherow School?

Developing a love of reading is key to developing excellence, not just in English but the whole curriculum.  

In the EarlyYears, children begin to read by developing their ability to differentiate between the range of sounds they hear around them, before being introduced to letter/sound correspondences which will enable them to learn to decode the written word. Some of the strategies used to help children remember these letter/sound correspondences include actions, songs, and stories.  This work continues in daily discrete phonics sessions throughout EYFS and KS1. In Year Two, children learn how to apply more complex spelling rules.

Alongside learning to decode the written word in discrete phonics sessions, children in EYFS and Key Stage One are encouraged to develop their understanding of what they read through noticing interesting vocabulary, recalling information, making inferences about characters and events, making predictions and sequencing events. These skills are further developed during English lessons and Reading lessons in Key Stage Two, where children also learn how to explain authorial choices, as well as summarise information found in texts. Children are given opportunities to enjoy reading aloud to others in an expressive way which show understanding, as well as having the opportunity to listen to their teacher reading to them each day.  

How is our curriculum delivered?

We begin with a high quality text to engage and stimulate pupils interest, as well as developing their reading and writing skills. The engagement begins with discussion about the text. Children are encouraged to think about the audience, purpose and effect on the reader, before learning more about the features of the different text types. The children are encouraged to set goals, plan and manage their time, as well as being involved in a positive dialogue about their work. There is a regular writing process, which begins with thinking, saying, writing, reading, followed by opportunities to revise, redraft and improve their responses to texts. This opportunity for self- reflection and feedback, whether in spoken or written form, is key to the development of confident readers and creative writers. We provide opportunities for the children to engage with a range of platforms for writing using new technology.  

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