The study of English develops children’s skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing for a wide range of purposes, so using language to learn and communicate ideas, views and feelings, it enables children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively. At St. Edward's Catholic Primary School, we aim to develop a love for the English language in its written and spoken forms. We are committed to delivering a broad and engaging curriculum in order to enable our pupils to become confident, independent and effective speakers, listeners, readers and writers.
At St. Edward's, we aim to provide an environment for language development that is stimulating and characterised by high expectations of success. Children's writing is celebrated in every school display and expectations of children's presentation are high. English is shared and celebrated inside and outside of the classroom through:
- provision of a book rich environment;
- thoughtful, creative display of reading and writing materials and published children’s work;
- working walls which represent the current teaching and learning;
- use of a wide range of high-quality materials to support effective teaching and learning;
- public celebration of pupils' success and participation in events, for example, through Twitter, school website, communal displays, public performances.
We have developed our English curriculum and we have been focusing on high quality texts recommended by Pie Corbett (https://www.scholastic.co.uk/piecorbett/resources). We have also added texts to create an exciting Literature Spine. Each class has been allocated a range of books and the children have been learning all about the characters, settings and language used by the authors. Each class has now decorated their classroom door to highlight the text that they are currently studying. We are sure that you will agree that they look fabulous...
Thanks to Bournville BookFest, we have been given a fantastic opportunity to visit some of the most wonderful children's authors and illustrators this term. Children from Years 3-5 are looking forward to the following visits:
Monday 18th March - Year 3 - Kes Gray
Tuesday 19th March - Year 5 - Stories Through Pictures with Chris Riddell
Thursday 21st March - Year 4 - Michael Rosen (International Poetry Day
Friday 22nd March - Year 6 - Jacqueline Wilson & Nick Sharratt