"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." Dr Seuss.
Reading, writing and communication are central to the curriculum at St John's. The aim of our curriculum is to provide an engaging and differentiated experience throughout the school, so that all children are able to read, write and speak fluently, expressing their ideas and feelings clearly to others. We endeavour to provide a curriculum that is broad, varied and engaging, offering experiences through quality texts, drama, trips, author visits, role-play, art, music and discussion.
- To provide a language rich environment that promotes a culture of reading and writing
- To develop a love of reading that not only supports the children across all areas of the curriculum, but develops their love of reading
- To value and use books as a basis for learning, pleasure, talk and play
- To teach children the craft of writing, in order to develop in children the confidence and skills to write well for a range of purposes and audiences
- Teach the basics – grammar, spelling, handwriting and punctuation - to liberate creativity
- To foster in pupils the confidence, desire and ability to express their views and opinions both orally and in writing
- To value and celebrate diversity in culture and language
How do we achieve this?
- Each class has a daily English lesson, these will include opportunities for reading, writing, and speaking. All year groups use Wordsmith, to support English planning
- Children in Reception and Year 1 have daily phonics lessons, planned using the Letters and Sounds document
- Children in Years 2-6 have regular spelling lessons using the No Nonsense Spelling Programme
- All children are taught cursive writing through weekly handwriting lessons, using Teach Handwriting
- All children are given home reading books which include the Oxford Reading Tree scheme and Big Cat Phonics, to ensure access to a wide variety of books
- All children have a weekly library session with our librarian, they are encouraged to choose their own library book to ensure enrichment and diversity in their reading
Link Governor - Mr Giles Mercer
All children are expected to read regularly at home; they will be given books that follow our phonics and spelling programmes.
In years 2 to 6, children will be given spellings and spelling patterns to learn at home.
Online resources to support your child at home
Phonicsplay - This supports Reception and Year 1 children with their phonics learning.
Topmarks - Reading, writing, spelling and grammar games for computers and tablets.
Additional curriculum information for parents
Expectations in Reading and Spoken Language
Expectations in Writing