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Curriculum / English

Intent

That children will leave St Andrew’s Church School as life-long readers, who can read fluently with good understanding. They will read widely and often, for pleasure and to seek information. As such, they will be good communicators, able to express themselves whilst developing their social, cultural, intellectual and spiritual being.

Whilst at St Andrew’s Church School, children will explore a wide range of genres: Poetry, Fiction and Non-Fiction. Each class have whole-class Guided Reading lessons, where the learning is structured around VIPERS. Vocabulary; Inference; Predictions; Explanations; Retrieval; Summarising and Sequencing. This will be taught in a progressive, age-appropriate manner.

Across the whole school, children have opportunities to read out loud; this is linked to our whole curriculum and supports the development of each subject.

Each class has Philosophy For Children (P4C) lessons, where we learn to think critically, collaboratively, creatively and we also think with care. During P4C, picture books are often used as a starting point for discussion.

Our reading offer includes engaging with and supporting parents and carers; developing reading communities and celebrating reading through a range of events. Children take books home with them to read to/with their families.

Our reading environment reflects our passion for reading and our love for books.


How do we teach phonics, spelling and grammar?

We follow the Department for Education ‘Letters and Sounds’ systematic synthetic phonic phases. We aim to immerse the children in the 7 aspects of Phase 1. Throughout Foundation and Key Stage 1, we use Oxford Reading Tree books to support the application of their phonics and reading skills.

Please click here for further information on Letters and Sounds.

We follow the National Curriculum for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar, which can be found on the DfE website. To further support the teaching of spelling in years 2-6, we use the No Nonsense Spelling scheme.

Please click here to read the DfE English Glossary.

Please click here to read the English Appendix 1: Spelling.

Please click here to read the English Appendix 2: vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.


Please click on the following links to read about how we teach English at St Andrew’s Church School:
St Andrew’s Church School Reading Offer

St Andrew’s Reading Curriculum overview