Our English curriculum has been specifically tailored to meet the unique context of our school. It is designed to be broad and balanced, providing all pupils with the opportunity to master their learning and deepen their knowledge, making sense and giving purpose as to why we study and how we use the English language. Teachers will provide pupils with challenging questions through a variety of topics and themes, which will help them change and transform our society, putting their faith into action.
At St. Patrick’s we celebrate that mastering of the English language permeates everything we do. Our overarching aim is to promote high standards of literacy and language by equipping our pupils with a strong understanding of both spoken and written language, whilst trying to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. We aim to provide a stimulating, interactive, fun and challenging English curriculum that prepares our pupils for life beyond our schools and for the ever-changing word in which they live in. We are passionate about valuing the notion that English underpins learning in every subject and work to ensure that there are significant opportunities across the wider curriculum for our pupils to embed their literacy skills.
We aim to ensure that pupils:
- Develop the skills of speaking and listening; being able to elaborate and explain fully their own understanding and ideas.
- Read confidently, fluently and with good comprehension of what they are reading.
- Develop the habit of reading widely and regularly; both for pleasure and for information.
- Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of the English language.
- Write clearly accurately and coherently; adapting their language and style for a range of purposes, audiences and contexts.
- Appreciate and develop our rich and varied literary heritage.
Guided Reading: Cracking Comprehension is used during the week to support the teaching of specific comprehension skills. This programme uses software to demonstrate to pupils the strategies needed to identify and answer different question types, followed by follow up and assessment activities to ensure that children can demonstrate their own independence with these skills. Reading Explorers is also successfully implemented to help teachers deliver a skills-based approach to the teaching and learning of reading; it provides a wide variety of genres, both fiction and non-fiction, which will allow children to access, interpret and understand what they are reading.
Writing: In writing sessions, pupils are provided with purposeful opportunities to write in a variety of genres, which allow them to demonstrate an understanding of the conventions of written language. Pupils are also provided with the opportunities to develop their literacy skills through cross curricular learning. Teachers use opportunities in our broad, balanced curriculum to further embed, extend and develop the writing skills of our students.