English is the basic language of communication in this country and its mastery is necessary for educational progress.
Children should develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing to enable them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, and to communicate with others effectively. They will learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts.
Speaking and listening
- to speak clearly, fluently and confidently to a range of audiences
- to listen to, understand and respond to other people
- to join in group discussions
- to participate in a range of drama activities
- to read with fluency, accuracy and understanding, using a range of strategies
- to read for information and enjoyment
- to understand, interpret and appreciate literary and non-fiction texts
- to develop writing skills on screen and paper through composing, planning and drafting
- to use punctuation correctly
- to create and shape sentences and texts
- to use a range of spelling strategies
- to understand text structure and organisation
- to write legibly and fluently
- to understand and use Standard English
- to have an awareness of audience and purpose and adapt writing appropriately
We aim to foster in all our children a love of books so that they become readers for life. Children are taught to read by a variety of methods including phonics, learning key words and using meaning. Their progress is carefully monitored and a wide range of books (fiction and non-fiction) make up our guided and individual reading schemes.
At St Joseph's, we follow the Read/Write Inc scheme initially, teaching children sounds and letters, then adapt planning from the Jolly Phonics/Phonics Play scheme, combining with other useful resources such as ‘Letters and Sounds’ to meet the needs of our children. The teaching of phonics is organised into groups depending on children’s prior knowledge and progress through letters and sounds.
At St Joseph's, we value guided reading as a means of improving reading skills, comprehension skills and group discussion. All children read as part of a small group and the questions that adults ask during guided reading cover the range of Assessment Foci (AF) during the course of several sessions. Children are given the opportunity to discuss these questions as part of the guided reading group.
We are very lucky that Tadcaster Library is right next door to our school and they are very welcoming to our school. We also have a range of reading books in each class and in our school library as one of our major aims is to foster a love of books within children at our school.
Help and support
All children receive quality first literacy teaching on a daily basis and activities are differentiated accordingly. In addition, where identified pupils are considered to require targeted support to enable them to work towards age appropriate objectives, intervention programmes will be implemented. Some children are able to have the benefit of 1:1 sessions or small group Read/Write interventions. Additionally, most children read with an adult on a 1:1 basis in Class 1 and Class two, at least three times a week. We also offer additional handwriting support and support for children who have been identified as needing additional support with grammar, punctuation and spelling.