At St Chad’s C of E Primary school, we recognise that English is a subject that should be intertwined across our Creative Curriculum and not just limited to daily English lessons. We aim to provide an English education at St.Chad’s where all children are fully literate and are able to read, write, speak and listen well. Speaking and listening skills, reading, grammar, writing, phonics and drama feature in all units to ensure that children are meeting all requirements and children are encouraged to incorporate these skills across our whole curriculum.
Phonics – High quality phonics teaching is vital in ensuring that children are well-equipped to become efficient, fluent and lifelong readers. In Reception and KS1, children are taught to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension by adopting the Ruth Miskin ‘Read Write Inc’ approach. As well as developing reading, it also provides opportunity for children to form each letter, spell correctly and compose their ideas step-by-step. Children are then regularly assessed so that they are working within the appropriate phonics group. When a child is in Year 1 (during the month of June), the Department for Education stipulates that children must undertake the 'Phonics Screening' assessment. If they do not meet the requirements of the assessment, they will retake it the following year. All information is submitted to the Department for Education and you will also receive the relevant information from school.
Reading – St. Chad’s aims to foster a real love of reading across all year groups to ensure that children become lifelong readers and as such there is ample opportunity for children to read daily, both through class reading and independent reading. Through careful planning and teaching, pupils develop the appropriate skills and attitudes towards reading that will ensure they can tackle challenging texts through our Forensic Reading approach. We are committed to developing a reading spine that ensures pupils experience a wide range of texts and genres to meet the interests of all, as well as developing stamina and skills that will support them into adulthood.
Writing - We ensure that all children have access to regular writing opportunities that are not just confined to English lessons, to ensure consistent development of the skills that are being modelled to them. Teachers provide engaging and exciting English lessons, based off of relevant, diverse and high quality texts which are both accessible yet challenging, to enthuse children to become competent writers across all subjects. Our targeted English writing lessons cover the Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling National Curriculum objectives and these are used imaginatively by teachers to create unique unit plans, based around the requirements of the learners within the class. At St Chad’s, handwriting is taught regularly in order to hone children’s fine motor skills and to ensure that all of their writing is legible, allowing them to convey their ideas effectively.