English Statement of Intent
It is our intent at St Joseph the Worker RC Primary School to provide pupils with a high-quality education in English that will teach pupils to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively.
The whole of the taught curriculum, with Religious Education at its core, is an expression of the Catholic understanding or reality. We work together to plan opportunities to make connections between English and other subjects that support this understanding.
Our curriculum has reading at its core across all curriculum areas. Through choosing quality texts, we intend to develop a love of reading and allow children to recognise the pleasure they can get from their reading, as well as an understanding that reading allows them to discover new knowledge, revisit prior knowledge and understand more about what they learn, fuelling their imagination for ideas to use in their own work. It is our intent through time to develop children’s fluency and expressive language using vocabulary, questioning and high quality provision. We want to nurture a love of language and reading.
The systematic teaching of phonics has a high priority throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. Staff systematically teach learners the relationship between sounds and the written spelling patterns, or graphemes, which represent them. We follow the programme of Read Write Inc. To meet the needs of the children’s learning styles we enhance the phonics programme using activities from letters and sounds.
At St Joseph the Worker RC Primary School Writing is a crucial part of our curriculum. All children from Foundation Stage to Year 6 are provided with many opportunities to develop and apply their writing skills across the curriculum.
We intend for pupils to be able to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. To be able to do this effectively, pupils will focus on developing effective transcription and effective composition. They will also develop an awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. We also intend for pupils to leave school being able to use fluent, legible and speedy handwriting.
For Spelling, teachers will show pupils how to use phonetic spelling using syllables and spelling rules. To understand the relationships between words, how to understand nuances in meaning, and how to develop their understanding of, and ability to use, figurative language. They will also teach pupils how to work out and clarify the meanings of unknown words and words with more than one meaning. Staff will be good role models of Standard English and encourage the children to use it.
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