English

Our aim:

We aim to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of Spoken Language, Reading and Writing. Pupils will be given opportunities to interrelate the requirements of English within a broad and balanced approach to the teaching of the whole Curriculum, with opportunities to consolidate and reinforce taught literacy skills.

At St. John’s Catholic Primary School, we strive for children to be a ‘Primary Literate Pupil’.

In the early years and foundation stage (YR), children are following the letters and sounds approach to reading, which is supported by the Songbirds floppy phonics and Oxford Reading Tree scheme. As we see the benefits of children reading different text types and genres, we have banded all out books in line with the Oxford Reading Tree scheme and phonics phases, children are therefore able to access stories, information texts and poems from different authors with a variety of different themes.

At Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2), children should learn to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say. They should begin to read and write independently and with enthusiasm. They should use language to explore their own experiences and imaginary worlds.

At Key Stage Two (Years 3-6), children should learn to change the way they speak and write to suit different situations, purposes and audiences. They should read a range of texts and respond to different layers of meaning in them. They should explore the use of language in literary and non-literary texts and learn how the structure of language works.

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Exciting developments for 2017/2018:

Useful information from parents talks, including how to guides:
Slides for parent talks


In school, we have invested in ‘Accelerated Reader’ to further promote a love of reading with our pupils. The system enables teachers to closely monitor your child’s reading progress and provide reading choices for them. Firstly, children complete a reading assessment which directs them to read the correct level of book. When they finish reading books, they will complete an online quiz at school, to check their understanding.
There are many prizes and incentives in place for the children to read as much as possible and to make progress in their year group ‘reading journey’. In addition, those children who score 100% in a quiz will receive a special star ticket and, every term, there will be a lucky dip for one of these children to win a Kindle Fire.
Teachers will monitor reading records and keep you informed of your child’s success with the Accelerated Reader quizzes.
If you would like to find out which books are in the Accelerated Reader scheme then please use the online search tool at: http://www.arbookfind.co.uk/

Upcoming events:

16th October 2017 – ‘Book Week’ after school in the Junior hall.

Last Years Events: (2016/ 2017)

We celebrated a very busy and successful book week at St Johns.

Monday – ‘Jump to it’ which was a drama production based around some best selling children’s books.

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Tuesday – ‘Bed time stories’ children had a great time dressing up in their PJs and reading with parents and older children.

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Friday – ‘Author visit’ Ian MacDonald enjoyed his day inspiring our young writers with his story telling and workshops.

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‘Oral Story telling’ classes across the whole school including our nursery paired up and performed a story to one another.

30th January 2017 – Children had a great time joining in with the songs, in this year’s panto – Sleeping Beauty.

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Useful documents:

Top Tips for reading at home: Love of Reading workshop

Phonics Information for Parents

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English & Literacy Policy 2017

Websites/apps to support phonics:span>
Mr Thorne does phonics – website/YouTube videos/ apps.
http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/
http://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com