St. Faith’s is a small primary school which is situated on the edge of Winchester in the beautiful historic setting of St. Cross. We are strongly committed to excellence in teaching and learning by providing diverse opportunities and a balanced curriculum within a Christian environment. Please see the Headteacher's Welcome in 'About Us' for more. Please contact the school for a guided tour.

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St Faith's

Church of England Primary School

Together: We Learn, We Share, We Pray, We Care with Courage, Trust, Love and Hope

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Our Subject Champion for English is Mrs. Knott

Vision for English

At St Faith’s C of E Primary, we believe that a quality English curriculum will develop our children’s love of reading and writing as well as 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 active and considerate citizens.

Whole-school book study

Our English teaching is built around high-quality engaging texts - referred to as our 'Book Study' books - that provide excellent models and engagement for our children. Please see below the range of texts we use in each Year Group across the academic year.

Systematic Synthetic Phonics

At St. Faith's we use the Little Wandle Systematic Synthetic Phonics programme to teach early reading to our children. This provides it with a structured approach to teaching early reading, building on the Letters and Sounds structure. Little Wandle also enables us to support children in keeping up, and catching up where necessary.