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Reading, Writing and Communication are central to the Curriculum offered at St. Peter's RC Primary School. Reading, Writing and Communication is taught in both a subject specific and cross-curricular way.
* To provide a language rich environment that promotes a culture of reading and writing by developing children’s vocabulary.
* To develop in pupils an interest in and a love of books and literature that will not only support their learning but also enrich their lives.
* To value and use books as a basis for learning, pleasure, talk and play.
* To teach children the craft of writing in order to develop in children the confidence and skills to write well for a range of purposes and audience.
* To provide pupils with a solid understanding and foundation of writing tools through – grammar, spelling, handwriting and punctuation.
* To foster in pupils the confidence, desire and ability to express their views, imaginations and opinions both orally and in writing.
* To value and celebrate diversity in culture and language.
The Four Strands of the English Curriculum
Speaking; Listening; Group Discussion and Interaction, and Drama permeate the whole curriculum. Interactive teaching strategies are effectively used to engage all pupils in order to raise reading and writing standards. Children are encouraged to develop effective communication skills for the ‘here and now’ and in readiness for later life.
Every Child a Reader
It is morally imperative for St. Peter's RC Primary School to teach every child to read, regardless of social and economic circumstances, the ethnicity of pupils, the language spoken at home and most SEN or disabilities. We are sharply accountable for the progress and success of our children. Unless children have learned to read, the rest of the curriculum remains a secret garden to which they will never have access.
Talk for Writing
At St Peter’s we have a firm belief that we should promote in children an avid love of writing which can be developed and built upon throughout their time here. This is one of the main reasons we adopted the ‘Talk for Writing’ process in our school. We saw it as a fantastic opportunity to get children excited about their writing whilst promoting the four key strands of the English Curriculum. Talk for writing focuses on three main stages which are all fundamental to the writing process:
Imitation: In this first stage, reading is crucial. Children will be immersed in high quality stories and texts which expose them to a world of rich and imaginative vocabulary. They are encouraged to use these words verbally through exciting games, drama, and role play; thus embedding this vocabulary in their own dialogue.
Innovation: Children will participate in shared writing with their teacher. They will learn how to use a planning structure, build on their ideas and put them into context The teacher will involve children in the thought process behind writing and how to manipulate words and grammatical devices for different impacts and effects. Children will also be taught the crucial skill of editing and improving their work.
Independence: In this final stage, children will be given the opportunity to independently produce their own fantastic piece of writing using all the skills they have been taught in the previous two stages. They will then be given the opportunity to share their writing with an audience.
Read, Write, Inc.
We use a structured synthetic phonics system beginning in EYFS called Read, Write, Inc. by Ruth Miskin. Read, Write, Inc. is a complete literacy programme rooted in the 2014 National Curriculum for children in Key Stage 1. The programme is designed to stimulate and challenge children’s thinking and create enthusiastic, life-long readers and writers.
For a detailed overview of what is being taught in each year group visit the appropriate class page.