English

English at St Peter's is a cross curricular approach in order to engage and motivate our children. We use a range of resources to support and enhance our English curriculum.
 
Some of our schemes and resources include Babcock Grammar & Spelling, Literacy Shed, Wordsmith, RIC (reading comprehension approach), PM starters and Letters & Sound Phonics Programme.
 

 

Our Reading Intent:

At St Peter’s Primary School we are dedicated to ensuring that all of our pupils develop a life-long love of reading as well as gaining the key skills to become competent readers. We know that reading is the foundation to academic success and so to ensure that our children reach their fullest potential, we implement the following:

  •   Children take part in regular whole class and guided reading sessions, focussing on key comprehension skills, engaging in activities which allow them to demonstrate their knowledge while being exposed to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts.
  •   Class teachers regularly read to their children from a class novel or storybook to foster a love of reading and give them the opportunity to hear and understand a range of vocabulary.
  •   Each classroom has a ‘Suitcase Library’ reading display containing high quality texts (including poetry and non-fiction). Children are encouraged to select a book from the library to read independently at various times in the week.
  •   Children who do not pass the phonics test in Year One receive interventions to support them with re-sits in Year Two
  •   Children in Key Stage 2 have the opportunity to attend ‘Quiet Club’ at lunch times in order to read for pleasure and immerse themselves in a book of their choice.
  •   Teacher’s display their classes reading book on their classroom door along with information as to why the book has been chosen.

 

By the time children leave St Peter’s Primary School they are competent readers who can recommend books to their peers, have a thirst for reading a range of genres and can participate in discussions about books, including evaluating an author’s use of language and the impact this can have on the reader

 

Our Phonics Intent:

From when our youngest children join us in Foundation 1, they are taught to tune into sounds which they hear in both the classroom and outdoor environment. They learn how to listen through story, games, rhymes and talk and begin to distinguish between the letter sounds they can hear at the beginning of words. Once the children have secured the Phase 1 listening skills, they move on to Phase 2 and at this point we continue to follow Letters and Sounds to help to aid the children’s recall and understanding of letter sounds. The children are taught to segment and blend words moving onto letter recognition and formation when ready.  As the children develop at different rates some children receive additional phonics sessions during the day if this is required.

The teaching of phonics at St Peter’s Primary School is a curriculum priority. This is because high quality phonics teaching ensures that the children make good progress with reading, writing and spelling.

 

Our Writing Intent:

At St Peter’s Primary School we endeavour to create a love for literacy. We want every child to leave our school with the skills of an excellent writer who:

  •   Has the ability to write with fluency and has an author’s voice;
  •   Can think about the impact they want their writing to have on the reader and know how they will achieve this;
  •   Can use a wide range of ambitious vocabulary and has an excellent knowledge of writing techniques to extend details or description;
  •   Can structure and organise their writing to suit the genre they are writing in and include a variety of sentence structures;
  •   Displays excellent transcription skills that ensures their handwriting is well presented, joined and legible, correctly punctuated and spelled correctly;
  •   Re-reads, edits and improves their writing so every piece they produce is to the best of their ability.

 

During their time at St Peter’s Primary School, children develop their skills by exploring a whole range of different genres, with a focus on exploring a range of models of excellence and using these to guide the drafting and editing process. We  use the  ‘Read to Write’ scheme as this uses high quality texts to ‘hook’ the children and allows for a range of genres to be explored.  It is important to note that we not only develop a real enjoyment of writing in English lessons but in all subjects across the curriculum. We expect the highest standards of writing every time a child writes in any subject.