Our aim is to help, teach and encourage children to develop as enthusiastic, confident, independent users of language through the spoken and written word. We recognise that language is central to all learning and we appreciate that language empowers children to communicate creatively and imaginatively, as well as allowing them to engage with others at an early age.
In the Foundation Stage the emphasis is placed upon communication, language and literacy development skills through structured play, child choice and teacher directed activities including the letters and sounds programme. In key stages one and two language and literacy, and daily phonics, are taught every day following the New Primary Curriculum. A complete range of language skills are taught throughout the school which include speaking and listening, writing in a variety of forms and for different audiences, reading with understanding, research and retrieval of information and fostering an appreciation and love of literature.
We use a variety of phonic based books which are matched to a child's phonic level. Children who do not meet the Year 1 National requirements for Phonics (secure Phase 5), receive additional support, which can include Read, Write, Inc., Better Reading and additional phonics.
Children learn grammar and spellings appropriate to their needs and to help them write with fluency and efficiency. A great emphasis throughout the school is placed upon the development of speaking and listening skills. To develop these skills a variety of activities are integrated into both the English lesson and throughout the curriculum, from group discussion and debates, to various drama activities.
National Curriculum - English
Reading and Writing Curriculum Plan
Reading in the New Curriculum - Parents/ Carers Guide
Our approach to the English curriculum
At St Filumena’s Catholic Primary School we follow the National Curriculum. We use a core text each half-term to drive the creative learning in the English unit of study, with outcomes for both narrative and non-fiction; poetry and drama also play an important part in our curriculum design, promoting a love of language and performance.
We follow the 'Letters and Sounds' approach to Phonics, supported by 'Jolly Phonics' in EYFS and KS1. Any child falling behind in Reading may also join these groups.
We use a variety of reading books in order for pupils to find the one which excite them. These include our main schemes of Bug Club and Oxford Reading Tree but also supported by Pearson, Literacy Land and Ginn. Our library also offers a plethora of free reading books- for those who have completed the various stages of structured reading.
Pupils all take part in Guided Reading sessions every week- these develop reading comprehension skills, inference, deduction and retrieval.
Full use is made of our amazing semi-rural location with outdoor learning being used across the curriculum. ‘Wow’ creative days also enhance the learning. For some of these days, the children are mixed across the year groups to develop PSHE skills, British Values and Catholic Values and Virtues.
It is our intention at St Filumena’s Catholic Primary 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 the academy and beyond. It is our intention to immerse pupils in the wonders of quality texts to instil a love for reading.
English is a core subject of the National Curriculum as it underpins the work undertaken in all other areas of the curriculum. The acquisition of language skills is of the utmost importance and therefore the teaching of all aspects English is given a high priority within school. Confidence in basic language skills enables children to communicate creatively and imaginatively, preparing them for the future.
Our English curriculum is derived around a sequence of high quality age-appropriate texts. We use each book to create opportunities to develop reading fluency and comprehension with a focus on key reading strategies and skills; develop grammar and punctuation knowledge and understanding to use and apply across the wider curriculum; explore the writing structure and features of different genres; plan and write an initial piece of writing with a clear context and purpose before evaluating the effectiveness of writing by editing and redrafting.
We strive to ensure that our children's attainment is in line or exceeds their potential when we consider the varied starting points of all our children. We measure this using a range of materials, whilst always considering the age-related expectations for each year group. We intend to encourage the children to write as much as possible from real life experiences. We have encouraged the children to do this by making their real life experiences as creative as possible.
As a multi-academy company we are fortunate to be able to call on the support of 15 other English leads and specialist teachers. Through moderation of planning, lessons and books, we can be sure that progress is made across all year groups. If progress is not being made, support is immediate and steps are provided to ensure all pupils achieve and make progress.