Growing Readers and Writers to Live in God’s World
At St Andrew’s CE Primary School, our English curriculum is underpinned by our school principles: Wisdom, Grace and Hope, which are rooted in the Bible. Our aim is to grow readers and writers to live in God’s world.
We have a dedicated section to phonics on our website which you can access by clicking the tab below.
This page will overview our vision for English and how it links to our school vision.
GROWING: Our ambitious topic-based rolling programme ensures that learning is engaging, challenging and purposeful. We have high aspirations for our children and develop their courage and perseverance through appropriately challenging tasks. Throughout our English learning sequences, levelled lesson journey steps, target-teaching groups and scaffolding allow all pupils to grow and transform as learners, and to achieve success, which we celebrate in quality, published pieces of writing. We aim to continuously develop children’s reading and writing skills through a 3-week cycle of plan, teach, learn, assess and review, enabling pupils to retain knowledge in the long-term.
READERS AND WRITERS: Our English curriculum aims to develop children’s lifelong love of reading, writing and drama to enable them to reach their full potential. We believe that it is vital for pupils to leave our school being able to communicate effectively in writing, and to adapt their language for a range of purposes and audiences; our skills-based curriculum, which aims to build confidence in using the appropriate grammar skills and textual features, will strengthen this. A further aim is that pupils develop their verbal communication skills, taking part in discussions in class, exploring a range of issues and explaining their thinking.
TO LIVE IN: A secure foundation in these literacy skills is crucial to a high-quality education and will provide our children with the tools they need to fulfil their potential and thrive, not just survive, as successful citizens in wider society when they leave school. Texts are chosen carefully to encompass a range of themes relating to health, well-being and citizenship including: forgiveness, tolerance, worth, repair, love and respect. Research shows that pupil well-being, now and in the future, is directly improved by ‘reading for pleasure’ and so we aim to encourage this throughout our school week.
GOD’S WORLD: Through the use of high-quality core texts and a wide range of supportive texts we intend to inspire pupils to appreciate not only our British literary heritage but also literature from the wider world and other cultures. Children are provided with regular opportunities to benefit from culture; a range of trips and activities act as a stimulus for pupils to read and write meaningfully and with purpose. We encourage our pupils to contribute to their local community (through writing projects such as persuading their families to use less water) and to write purposeful texts linked to global issues, such as deforestation or Fairtrade.
We have a dedicated library space which is shared by children across the school. This has recently been redesigned to link in with our mission statement 'Growing Learners to live in God's world.' It is garden/nature themed and symbolises the way we believe reading is the best way to grow as a learner, but also as a person! We aim to develop a life-long love of reading in our children, not only through the teaching of reading but a variety of additional ways including:
- daily quiet reading time
- high quality texts in library
- Class reading corners with engaging texts and space to read
- giving pupils responsibility as student librarians, allowing peer-peer encouragement
- paired reading across classes
- E-Books on MYON
- Accelerated Reader rewards
- dedicated library time each week
Our school uses Accelerated Reader to support children to access texts that are appropriately challenging and engaging. As part of our school home learning expectations, children should read 5 times a week (15 minutes for Year 3 and 4; 20 minutes for Year 5 and 6). This is in addition to regular independent reading at school. Children are also required to complete Accelerated Reader quizzes when they finish books. Your child’s class teacher regularly checks Accelerated Reader and can see the books that children read. This replaces the need for children to fill in reading diaries every time they read and gives the teacher helpful information about their reading habits and choices.
Children are all given a chance to complete quizzes in the following ways:
- - every morning in class, by telling their class teacher.
- - Each class also has a library session during lunch each week where they can take quizzes.
- - Additionally, children can complete quizzes at home.
Please see our parent tutorial below for more information about using Accelerated Reader at St Andrew's.
Please see additional documents below for more detail about our English curriculum.