At St Peter’s, our aim is to help children thrive and reach their full potential; we believe that a well-planned, quality English curriculum is imperative to this aim. From when children start in Mars Class (Reception) all the way through to their final year of primary with us in Jupiter Class (Year 6), we provide children with opportunities to develop many essential English skills and a love of reading and writing. Within these opportunities, children will build an awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. Ensuring children are able to confidently read is incredibly important to us. We provide children with high-quality phonics lessons and fully-decodable texts. Through the English curriculum, we want to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and be able to use discussion to communicate and further their learning.
Inclusion is so important in English at St Peter's. We aim to provide for all children so that they achieve as highly as they can in English according to their individual abilities. We will identify which pupils or groups of pupils are under-achieving and take steps to improve their attainment. Gifted children will be identified and suitable learning challenges provided in lessons.
Pupils’ progress is closely monitored by the class teacher through a range of formative and summative assessments. Pupils needing extra support are identified by the class teacher with input from the class teaching assistant and their needs discussed with the Senior Leadership Team during Pupil Progress Meeting held three times a year. As a result of this, appropriate interventions are planned by the class teacher in collaboration with the Special Educational Needs Coordinator and class teaching assistant. Interventions are outlined on the class provision map and outcomes are monitored closely.
Within lessons, pupils are provided with resources to help them to achieve their best, such as word banks and topic vocabulary, handwriting guides and differentiated and scaffolded tasks. We are fortunate to have access to a range of technology in our school, including translators, dictation software and braille resources. Support may come from working with an adult, or from working with their peers. Classrooms are designed to support pupils with learning walls to reinforce retrieval of knowledge and resources the children can access at all times.
A useful website for checking book levels and points
Parents Guide to our Phonics scheme - Little Wandle
Powerpoint from Reception Parents' Phonics meeting held on 13th October 2021
Powerpoint from Year 1 and 2 Parents' Phonics and Early Reading meeting held on 2nd December 2021
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