St Edmund's RC Primary School

Queen Street, Little Hulton, Salford M38 0WH

Email:

stedmunds.rcprimaryschool@salford.gov.uk


Tel:

0161 921 1940

English

English Curriculum

Literacy is fundamental for learning at St Edmund’s RC Primary School. It underpins the school curriculum by developing students’ abilities to speak, listen, read and write for a wide range of purposes, using language to learn and communicate, to think, explore and organise. All curriculum areas support students’ learning to express themselves correctly and appropriately and to read accurately and with understanding.

Spoken Language

In English, during Key Stage 1 pupils learn to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say. They begin to read and write independently and with enthusiasm, using language to explore their own experiences and imaginary worlds. Pupils learn to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say. They begin to read and write independently and with enthusiasm. Children use language to explore their own experiences and imaginary worlds. They work in small groups and as a class, joining in discussions and making relevant points. They also learn how to listen carefully to what other people are saying, so that they can remember the main points. This is built on the Early Learning Goals where in Reception, the children use language to imagine and recreate role and experiences becoming attentive listeners and interact with others in play.

Reading Throughout our Early Years and Key Stage 1 pupils' interest and pleasure in reading is developed as they learn to read confidently and independently. They focus on words and sentences and how they fit into whole texts. They work out the meaning of straightforward texts and say why they like them or do not like them.

At St Edmund’s RC Primary we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.

Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.

Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

When using RWI to read the children will:

  • learn that sounds are represented by written letters
  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • learn how to blend sounds
  • learn to read words using Fred Talk
  • read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.

When using RWI to write the children will:

  • learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
  • learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
  • write simple sentences

During Key Stage 2 pupils read enthusiastically a range of materials and use their knowledge of words, sentences and texts to understand and respond to the meaning. They increase their ability to read challenging and lengthy texts independently. They reflect on the meaning of texts, analysing and discussing them with others.

Across the whole school, children have a guided reading session with a teacher. This is where children have opportunity to discuss various learning challenges in a supportive way delving in between the lines to gain further meaning, inference and deduction. Children are also taught to look for meaning beyond the literacy and make connections between different parts of texts. Also, comprehension is taught once a week in every year group from Year 1 to Year 6 embedding all of their learning.

Writing During Key Stage 1 pupils start to enjoy writing and see the value of it. They learn to communicate meaning in narrative and non-fiction texts and spell and punctuate correctly.

Throughout our school, the children learn exemplary texts, grammar, sentence construction and how to plan texts. The children are taught rich composition skills using adventurous vocabulary, sequencing ideas and events and recounting information in a clear structure in a high standard to suit the purpose and its reader. Children are then taught to draft and re-draft their work, making substitutions, developing their ideas and vocabulary with right discussions which then extends their writing into exciting texts. The children have discussions about their writing as if they were authors as well as readers.

Punctuation is also taught within this writing technique giving context to their grammar and punctuation. However, spelling, grammar and punctuation is also taught both discretely and embedded in English lessons to ensure full coverage and understanding. Spelling is taught through the RWI Spelling programme which consists of 15 minute daily sessions.

Within both key stages, children develop an understanding and appreciate for non-fiction and non-literary texts such as: persuasion argument, explanation, instruction and descriptive writing. They are also taught how to write diaries, autobiographies, biographies and letters. They are taught to identify and use the most appropriate vocabulary for each text type and also links between structural and organisational features such as paragraphing, sub-headings and links in hypertext.