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 speaking & listening 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
Phonics and Reading
We use ‘Letters and Sounds‘ to teach phonics. In the Reception Year we work on phases 1 – 4 through whole class phonic sessions. In Year 1 the children are grouped according to which phase they are currently working on. We aim to progress through Phase 5 swiftly in order to equip the children with the reading skills to tackle the Phonics Screening Test, and the segmenting skills to enter Year 2 as confident spellers. In Year 2 we revisit Phase 5 in order for children to be confident in using alternative graphemes when spelling. In KS2, children who need more phonics support are targeted to enable them to become fluent readers and spellers. This includes quickly assessing and supporting children who arrive from other schools and directly from overseas.
We have a variety of reading schemes which support the development of reading. We have recently purchased Person’s Bug Club books and online resources to use as our main scheme for younger readers and supplement our scheme for older readers. As children progress through the school, they will also encounter a combination of Ginn 360 and Rigby Star schemes.
Our School English Curriculum
The English National Curriculum for KS2 is divided into Upper KS2 and Lower KS2. We have split the Year3/4 and 5/6 Curriculums into objectives for each individual year group. These can be found by clicking on the links below.
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: