English

English Curriculum Map 2018-19

As a main curriculum subject, we place a high emphasis on the teaching of English at St Joseph's. This includes the teaching of reading, writing, spelling, grammar and handwriting. We aim for all our pupils to leave Year 6 with excellent skills in all these areas that will be the basis for their future learning and their lives ahead of them. 

We teach English daily throughout the school and also have class reading and guided reading time and dedicated spelling and handwriting lessons. 

We know that for children to become excellent writers they need to read and therefore we aim to engage the children with different genres of books and encourage them to read for pleasure. Every classroom is blessed with a book corner with a good selection of new books for the children to choose from. As well as this, the school has a well-stocked selection of take home books that cover a variety of genres both fiction and non-fiction. The school uses a scheme of books for guided reading sessions alongside well known novels specifically chosen for each year group. High quality texts are also used by the teachers to read aloud to the children, modelling for them good reading and allowing them to become immersed in texts.

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Writing is also a priority at St. Joseph’s and the children are given the opportunity to complete extended pieces of writing every week and across the curriculum. Children are taught the grammar, punctuation and vocabulary skills needed to complete a good piece of writing. Alongside our English lessons children also take part in weekly Big Writing sessions where they cover a variety of genres in a fun and engaging way. Every Friday one child from each class is chosen to take a well written piece of work to Mrs Titus and the children are awarded a sticker and a book. This motivates the children to do well. Throughout the school, displays of excellent writing can also be seen.

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Phonics is taught from Reception to Year 2 using the Read, Write Inc phonics scheme and from Years 3-6 spelling is taught using the same scheme but organised around spelling patterns. Children learn the rules of spelling and are given opportunities to work independently and with partners to practise and apply these rules. Children are also given the opportunity to write down any spellings which they think are ‘tricky’ and bring them home to learn for the following lesson.

Handwriting is taught at the beginning of each term ensuring the children know and can use the correct letter formations and joins. Children are expected to use continuous cursive script handwriting at all times and this is modelled by the adults through marking, displays and board work. Children are encouraged to continue to improve their handwriting, working towards being awarded a pen license.