English And Phonics
Through studying English pupils will develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. This enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as well as to communicate with others effectively. Pupils become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non fiction and media texts.
At St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School we aim to foster a love of reading in all our children. All classes have stories appropriate to their age group read to them.
Reading books are colour banded according to their level.
Children are benchmarked in reading regularly throughout the year to ensure that the children are reading at the correct level.
Phonics is taught daily. We use a spelling system by Assertive Mentoring which reflects the Letters and Sounds Document and the National Curriculum 2014. This spelling system is used across the school. It is used to deliver Phonics across EYFS and Key Stage 1 and moves onto spelling patterns and rules in Key Stage 2.
Phonics is delivered to smaller groups not the whole class. In Key Stage 1, Phonics is delivered across small differentiated groups. Teachers and Teaching assistants deliver Phonics daily and pupils are given weekly spellings which fit directly into the sounds/patterns they are learning in each session.
Children work in a cross-curricular way and incorperate their written skills into other subject areas.
We have recently updated our in-class reading areas to make them especially inviting and to encourage reading for pleasure.