ENGLISH AT ST RICHARD'S
At St Richard’s we aim to ensure that English Lessons develop pupil’s spoken language reading, writing, spelling grammar and vocabulary. We strongly believe the exposure of children’s literature within the primary school setting is vital as a rich context for learning; not only within English as a subject but to support building a reading culture throughout the school and to help foster a life-long love of reading. We use high quality books that offer opportunities for empathy and can aid philosophical enquiry, as a means of developing the spoken language requirements through debate, drama and discussion using the issues raised through, and within, the text. We recognise that texts are influential in expanding pupil’s knowledge beyond their immediate experiences. Writing in role using a range of genres is key to our approach and we will always aim for our writing opportunities to be meaningful; whether short or long and that the audience is clear. We also strive to ensure that writing is always purposeful whether to explain, persuade, inform or instruct and that where possible, this can be embedded within text or linked to a curriculum area. As a school we recognise the importance of developing children’s vocabulary and how it improves all areas of communication – listening, speaking, reading and writing. We continually provide opportunities to enable pupils to strengthen their vocabulary. Just as it is essential to have a purpose for writing, we also ensure that our grammar and spelling is meaningful. Alongside specific grammar, punctuation and grammar lessons, we also integrate this learning into the English lessons so children can apply these skills.