ENGLISH AT ST RICHARD'S
At St Richard’s, we recognise the importance of early language development in creating opportunities later in life. From this, our English Curriculum has been developed to support a life-long appreciation of reading and writing.
We love reading and want every child to discover their own love of reading before they leave our school. On top of understanding the importance of reading to acquire knowledge, we want our pupils to know and enjoy the pleasure of books. Our strong and growing reading culture helps provide a rich context for learning both inside and out of the classroom.
We choose engaging, high quality books that are representative of our diverse local community and allow the children to see and understand the world through different lenses. Through these texts, we create opportunities for children to develop empathy and philosophical enquiry. Similarly, our pupils develop spoken language through debate, drama and discussion about the issues raised in the texts. As a school, we value how our text choices can help expand our pupils’ knowledge beyond their immediate experiences.
Unsurprisingly, a wide range of quality texts form the basis of our English teaching. We endeavour to foster an enthusiasm for writing by providing meaningful writing opportunities that allow pupils to write for different purposes and audiences. We believe it is important for our pupils’ futures to be able to write confidently in all contexts.
Creating a vocabulary-rich learning environment is important for our school community. We know that unlocking new words and language opens doors for future learning and life experiences. Frequent visits, trips out of school and WOW days provide valuable stimuli for the learning of new vocabulary.
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ENGLISH CURRICULUM
IMPACT OF THE ENGLISH CURRICULUM
• Pupils will leave St Richard’s with an enjoyment of reading for pleasure.
• Pupils will have developed their own strategies for spelling unknown words.
• Pupils will have built up a stamina for writing at length and have developed methods for self-editing their own work.
• With our literacy curriculum being well established throughout the school, children will be confident in writing in a wide range of genres which can be transferred to secondary school.
• These writing skills will be used throughout the wider curriculum to show the consolidation of grammar, punctuation and vocabulary in all aspects of writing which can be used later on in life.
• We hope that as our children move on from St Richard’s, they will do so with a solid foundation of writing which they can then nurture and develop throughout their further education.