Vision for English
At St Faith’s C of E Primary, we believe that a quality English curriculum will develop children’s love of reading, writing and their ability to speak clearly, fluently and with confidence in front of an audience.
We aim to inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage and to motivate children to develop a habit of reading widely and often; whilst developing children intellectually, emotionally and culturally. We have a desire for children to take pride in their writing, to write clearly and accurately and to adapt their language and style for a range of contexts and audiences. We inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and use discussion to communicate and further their learning.
We believe that children must develop a secure knowledge-base in English, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. We believe that a secure basis in literacy skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society and become considerate citizens.
Structure and organisation
At St Faith’s, explicit English is taught every day in small classes of approximately twenty children, with a focus on reading, writing or speaking and listening. As well as this, we aim to enhance our children’s English skills through the implementation of cross-curricular learning, wherever possible, to allow the children to demonstrate their progress in English within other taught subject areas. We have high expectations for writing across the curriculum.
Children excel in early reading through the use of the phonics programme, from EYFS through to Year 2 and beyond, and continue to develop a range of reading skills, as well as a love of reading through explicit reading tasks, book studies and author studies.
In the Juniors, we continue to use a wide variety of quality texts and resources to motivate and inspire our children. We aim to ensure that each English Learning Journey is shared with the children from the outset so that they feel a strong sense of purpose within English lessons. The editing process is paramount to the teaching of writing; we are passionate about ensuring that our children understand the importance of reviewing and refining their written work in order that they achieve their best possible outcome. We also provide a wealth of enrichment opportunities, with a range of visits and visitors planned to offer children memorable experiences as they develop as readers and writers.
As well as their learning within school, children are set home learning tasks that support them in developing their literacy skills. The tasks are carefully planned to match the expectations for each year group and are an effective way of providing parents with an insight into their child’s learning in English, also.