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St Norbert's
Catholic Primary School

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English

The purpose of English is to teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.

National Curriculum Programme of Study

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-english-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-english-programmes-of-study

Mastering Writing for a Purpose

Writing and Spelling          

At St. Norbert’s we believe the ability to write is one of the fundamental skills children will need for lifelong learning. We aim for children to enjoy writing and to understand the purpose of writing, as well as have a good knowledge of the basics of grammar, handwriting, punctuation and sentence construction. Children will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of a range of different writing. They will spend time learning what makes a good piece of writing, and will use this to edit and improve their own work. Teaching Staff will allow plenty of opportunities for pupils to develop their ideas in a range of ways, understanding that if a pupil can ‘talk it’ then they will have a better chance of ‘writing it’. We place a high focus on training children to identify the development needs in their own writing, with support and guidance from the teacher. This enables them to be more reflective learners and develops lifelong writing skills. 

Writing: Supporting Your Child at Home

Children need to want to write in order to become successful writers. Give them a purpose for their writing; ask them to help you with the shopping list or allow them time to write about something that interests them. Most of all make it fun! Special paper and pens can really encourage them! It is important for children to see you writing. Maybe write something together! Make a poster or write a recount of a trip you have been on for friends! Children need to experience lots of different types of writing to enable them to write for different purposes! So share a range of texts with them when reading to give them experience of different structures, styles and language. Talk to your child’s class teacher or look at the Year Group curriculum summaries on our website to find out what your children are focusing on.

Guidance notes for the four writing purposes in KS1 & 2

 

We learn to master writing to;

-        entertain

-        inform

-        persuade

-        discuss

 

 

Writing to entertain

Writing to inform

Writing to persuade

Writing to discuss

EYFS (Interest based)

Year 1 & 2

(KS1)

Story

Description

Poetry

Recount

Letter

Instruction

 

 

Year 3 & 4

(LKS2)

Narrative

Description

Poetry

Explanation

Biography

Newspaper

Advert

Letter

Poster

 

Year 5 & 6

(UKS2)

Narrative

Description

Poetry

Reports Biography

Newspaper

Essay

Advertising

Speech

Campaign

Argument

Newspaper

Review

For details about the specific knowledge and skills taught and expected outcomes please see our whole school Curriculum Plan on main Curriculum Page as a link at the bottom. For each writing purpose this will exemplify for each Key Stage:

  • ·         Text types covered
  • ·         Text Features
  • ·         Grammar
  • ·         Sentence Structure
  • ·         Punctuation Content

KS1 only focus on the purposes of Entertain and Inform.Year 3 and 4 look at Inform, Entertain and Persuade.Year 5 and 6 look at all four purposes.

Our staff are welcome to move the order of purposes around as they see fit as long as the weightings remain the same.  They are also able to choose which text types they wish to cover within the purpose.  However, they must focus on the same purpose for writing with a half term in order for the children to master the skills which are being taught.

When we plan units of work, we spend time thinking about which grammar and punctuation objectives from the National Curriculum/No Nonsense Grammar would work well with each purpose, then we choose five or six key objectives to really embed within the unit.

We focus on two main outcomes each half term. This means that in lessons leading up to writing a final piece, we are able to really embed grammar and punctuation skills; spend time investigating vocabulary appropriate to the piece; unpicking high quality examples; creating plans and writing collaboratively with peers.

When creating writing success criteria/steps to success, we ensure that children are given opportunities to embed their skills by using the grammar and punctuation in a different context.

Below are our reading themes to support teaching English.

Year

Themes

EYFS

Interest

1

Families and Friendships

Love and care

Sharing

Change

Solving a problem

2

Good over evil

Friendships

Lost and Found

Differences

3

Good over evil

Relationships

Inclusion

4

Bereavement

Aspirations

Dilemmas

Relationships

5

Memories

Trust

Loss

Heroism

6

Personal Reflection

Fear

Secrets

Bullying

 

Focused Reading and Reading Across the Curriculum

Expectations:

In terms of reading expectations, we are looking to ensure reading is taking place across the curriculum and that a love of reading is encouraged and fostered by all adults. This flexibility in approach and activity is more likely to facilitate mastery reading skills.

There is no expectation to have every class split into guided groups which all have to be listened to once a week. It is expected that reading activities will take place across the curriculum and day and that our professional judgement will be used to decide what is best for our pupils. 

For details about the specific knowledge and skills taught and expected outcomes please see our whole school Curriculum Plan on main Curriculum Page as a link at the bottom and the English National Curriculum Link above.

At our school each child is expected to read at home daily, whether that is to an adult (for developing readers) or independently (for fluent readers). Each child will also engage in focussed teaching of reading in a group with their teacher once a week. We call this guided, shared or reciprocal reading. For those children who need extra support with their reading we have allocated Teaching Assistant support, use the valuable support of Volunteer Readers, and teachers allocate time to hear them read as often as we can. 

Books for home reading are selected and monitored in a range of ways across the school depending on the age and ability of the children. In Reception and KS1, children work progressively through a stage reading scheme and are monitored by the class teacher. Generally, children in KS2 select their own reading material, either from our main library, class library or home. From Year 2 children are responsible for changing their own reading books, with their reading records being monitored when the child is heard reading individually. In Reception and Year 1 we aim to monitor reading records daily, and change their books accordingly. Teachers aim to hear children read individually in addition to the focussed group reading session, this often takes place across a range of subjects and sessions. In addition to this some classes have parent and/or teaching assistant support for reading. Each child is heard to read individually, and participates in focussed group teaching once a week as part of group reading. This is not written in their reading records, but is recorded in teacher assessment files. We have a diverse range of books to support your child’s reading within the school, and we hope this will enable your child to experience a range of authors and styles of books. 

In terms of reading, we want children to be able to:

Enjoy reading and see it as a pleasurable leisure activity, as well as a means of following instructions and finding things out.

Have the reading skills necessary to read a range of text types for pleasure and for information.

Reading at Home

We know how important it is for teachers and parents to work together to give your child the best start. Reading together at home is one of the easiest but most important ways in which you can help your child. As you share books you are helping improve your child’s reading skills and also showing them how important and enjoyable reading is. 

You can also access your child’s class page each term to discover more about what they are learning via the knowledge organiser that outlines learning.

Access the Parent Pocket Guides section in which you will find guides for; Handwriting, Phonics, Writing, Spelling and Reading.