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English

At St Joseph’s,  we are committed to ensure that each child reaches their potential in all areas of English.

Phonics

In our through Read Write Inc Phonics, the nursery children begin their learning as early readers. Careful planning and passionate teaching enables our children to learn synthetic phonics and early key words therefore preparing them for the Reception year. All of the children also engage in fun activities such as 'funky fingers' to ensure that they are physically ready for the challenges of writing their first words.

In Read Write Inc the children develop their knowledge of phonic sounds and begin to apply it to simple stories therefore reading independently. Comprehension skills are also developed and in class reading children are challenged to read more complex texts.

Reading

We place an emphasis on reading for pleasure and giving the children an opportunity to read to an audience. We provide opportunities for peer reading, paired reading and reading with other year groups as well as the teacher reading to the class every day.

 In Foundation Stage we also foster a love of reading. We ensure that a wide range of texts are read to and shared with the children. The children take home books and our parents support the child's reading at home. Our reading of Traditional texts will become the foundation for reading and writing for the child's entire school career.

Class reading ensures that the children have an opportunity to read a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books at St Joseph's. 

Writing

All our children are writers and are given the opportunity to showcase their skills. They have a range of books which they use throughout the year and highlight.  We aim to give our children a wide range of experiences  in order to develop their skills of imaginative writing, poetry, recording, retelling, sequencing, predicting, letter writing, note taking, drafting and comprehension. Our learning environments develop our children as writers. We have high expectations of our children and the children have opportunities to reflect on their pieces of writing and improve on them with the teacher and their peer group. 

The children use a cursive style of handwriting from Nursery. This is developed throughout the school.

Spelling and Grammar

Across the phases of the school, children are taught to spell by understanding the spelling patterns and pairs of letters that make sounds in words to enhance their spelling skills. Good spelling is important as it allows the child to write what she wants to say.

All children are taught the correct grammatical names and how to use them in a sentence. As well as how to punctuate sentences accurately and use punctuation for effect.