Our aim at St Michael’s is to help our pupils become effective communicators by equipping them with a high standard of language and literacy skills, as well as a lifelong love of reading.
Through high quality phonics teaching and a strong focus on both shared and individual texts, children will learn to appreciate the benefit of reading for both information and enjoyment in and out of school. In addition, the practical drama/oral activities that children enjoy in class establish a strong command of the spoken word and lead to increased confidence and fluency in their written work.
We aim to ensure that pupils:
· read widely, fluently with good understanding
· read often for pleasure and information, both in and out of school
· acquire a wide vocabulary and secure understanding of the conventions of grammar and language
· write clearly, accurately and coherently with an ability to adapt their writing for different purposes
· use discussion to learn and to explain ideas
· are competent and confident in speaking and listening, and in sharing information
We use ‘Letters and Sounds‘ to teach phonics. Pupils then move on to ‘Support for Spelling’ once they have mastered all the phonics phases.
We have two main reading schemes which support the development of reading; these are Ginn 360 and Rigby Star.
To see the Statutory Requirements for writing in Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6 click here:
To download a copy of the National Curriculum English programmes of study for Key Stages 1 and 2 click here:
To download a copy of the ‘Glossary for Grammar Terms in New Curriculum’ click here: