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"Reading widely and often increases pupils’ vocabulary because they encounter words they would rarely hear or use in everyday speech. Reading also feeds pupils’ imagination and opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious young minds." - National Curriculum Council

 

 

The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written and spoken word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

 

Our Curriculum

 

Here at St. Patrick’s, we have a personalised approach for the delivery of the reading National Curriculum objectives. We have continued to develop this approach to ensure that it is being taught in an engaging, exciting and relevant manner.

 

Reading is taught, at St. Patrick’s, through a variety of mediums; early reading is primarily taught through the use of systematic, synthetic phonics that follows the guidance from the Letters and Sounds scheme. In conjunction with this, we use Phonics Play and Spelling Play to allow us to teach Letters and Sounds in an interactive way. To continue to develop the children’s reading skills, we ensure that children participate in a weekly guided reading session with a quality text that is of an appropriate level of challenge for them. In our guided reading sessions, the children will access texts that are book banded appropriately. We use the Book Banding system along with books from Oxford Reading Tree and Tree Tops to ensure the progression of reading skills as the children transition through the school.

At St. Patrick’s, reading is also taught concurrently with writing through the use of Focus English. This scheme allows us to explore many reading skills throughout our investigations of quality fiction and non-fiction texts.

 

It is through these various schemes that we, at St. Patrick’s, aim to equip the children with the necessary skills to become competent, confident readers and to instil a life-long, love for reading.

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