We follow the CLPE’s Power of Reading Scheme where every unit of study uses a challenging high quality children’s book as stimulus for imagination, debate and discussion.
The children always write with an audience in mind and have a chance through each unit of study to build up the necessary grammatical knowledge and vocabulary to produce meaningful extended writing. We teach grammar and spelling in context so the children understand the purpose of grammatical features of text. We explain the etymology of words from early on in their school career, so children can make subject links and make better attempts at understanding unknown words
Oracy is incredibly important for children’s life chances. We aim at St Peter and St Paul, to develop articulate and confident children. We have the highest standards for talk, with children encouraged to use ambitious language in every interaction. The children are taught narrative poetry by heart and get a chance to recite in our yearly poetry festival.
Above all we aim to make English learning exciting and give the children a sense of empowerment through their reading and writing. By making links with all other subjects, children are taught that their literacy skills enhance the way they communicate and understand the world.