Our English Curriculum
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 to enable our pupils to become confident, independent and effective speakers, listeners, readers and writers.
Reading for pleasure is prioritised throughout the whole school and all children are encouraged to develop their own identity as a reader: to be excited about selecting books based on their own preferences and interests; to become inquisitive and ask questions about what they read; to use reading as a means of escaping to new and exciting worlds full of endless possibilities. To support this, each class has an engaging and stimulating area dedicated to reading in their classroom and the school has two well-stocked libraries which are inviting for our children.
All pupils at St. Edward's are exposed to a wide range of authors and styles of texts for different purposes. Each class has a literature spine made up of high-quality, engaging texts, some of which have been recommended by Pie Corbett (https://www.scholastic.co.uk/piecorbett/resources). Every year group has been allocated a range of books – which often link to their Geography, History and Science topics – and the children learn all about the characters, settings, and language used by the authors in each text. To encourage the children to become immersed in their class text, they help to decorate the doors of their classroom to reflect the current book being read.
The writing produced by the children in each class is linked to what they are reading from the Literature Spine. This encourages them to empathise with characters, express themselves creatively and imaginatively, and become excited about writing for a range of purposes and audiences. Children's writing is celebrated in every school display and weekly during Praise Assembly; expectations of children's presentation are high and pupils receive a pen license once their handwriting reaches a consistent standard.
Speaking and listening opportunities – across the whole curriculum – develops pupils’ abilities to use language to communicate ideas, views and feelings in a variety of different ways. At St. Edward's, we aim to provide a language-rich environment that is stimulating and characterised by high expectations of success.
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.