English and Communication
Every Child A Reader
We believe that reading is a vital life skill, one that is high on our
priority list at St. Peter’s. In our school we passionately believe that
‘Every Child Will Be A Reader’ and we make this happen with excellent early phonics teaching, using a wide range of graded home / school reading books, all children reading to adults in school and with fantastic book corners full of brilliant texts! We employ a specialist reading teacher who manages phonics and reading across the school and works intensively or organises help for any child who needs extra support. She is supported by a second reading specialist who particularly focuses on Year 1 children. Each year we buy lots of new books for home reading and for our class libraries. Reading books are graded by Reading Recovery Book Bands and we use books from a range of publishers.
For Writing, we primarily follow the 'Talk 4 Writing' scheme as our main strategy. Children start making marks on paper at an early age and from these early mark makers we aim to develop confident and fluent writers. Across the school children are encouraged to write for different purposes and we constantly look to develop their vocabulary and sentence structure skills. Initially we teach the children to print letters using a script which will later be easy to join. By Year 2 children are being taught to join sets of letters and simple words. In KS1 the focus is on writing confidently and at length. In KS2 the focus is on spelling, punctuation and grammar and being able to write in a range of styles and genres. Our writing results are consistently above national average.
All of our children learn phonics through a tried and tested programme. The programme we use is Read Write Inc.
Letters and Sounds Games are taught in Nursery and this consists mainly of listening games and helping children explore sounds in speech. Children who are ready learn to read and write one letter sounds.
In Reception the children learn the 44 main sounds heard in the English language as well as learning tricky words. They use these sounds to read and write simple words and sentences.
In Year 1 the children revisit the 44 main sounds and learn different ways to spell these. The children also continue to learn many more tricky words and develop a more adventurous vocabulary. At the end of Year 1 all children are screened using the national phonics screening check.
Year 2 consists mainly of learning to spell and read more complex words and write extended sentences.
In KS2 we use a programme called ‘Support for Spelling’ which continues to develop the children’s spelling and phonic skills. We also use the Year Group Spelling Lists provided in the National Curriculum.
Speaking and Listening
Across the school we are consistently trying to develop the children’s speaking and listening skills. At home, you can help by encouraging your child to speak using full sentences and new words. Learning to take turns and listen to different people is also a lifelong skill.
Taking part in plays, productions and presentations helps children to develop their confidence for speaking in front of a group / audience. This is part of their work readiness.