At St Joseph’s, our approach to English is to have a rich stimulus at the core of learning giving the children an exciting reason to learn reading and writing skills. To develop the children’s ability to write, we provide experiences such as drama, hot seating and workshops so that the children have made meaningful connections and have a real purpose to write. Our teachers aim to embed essential spelling, punctuation and grammar lessons within a meaningful context also linked to the stimulus.To learn further about our approach to reading and writing, please click the links below.
Tracking Progress in English (Reading, Writing and Communication)
We use Target Tracker to record the progress of each child in English. Teachers use a range of ongoing teacher assessment and summative assessments to gather evidence. Please see the band posters for each year group below.
Reading and Spoken Language
To teach phonics at St Joseph’s, we use the Sounds-Write programme from Foundation Stage until Year 2.This programme enables the pupils to learn in a very highly structured, multi-sensory and incremental way to learn to write and spell. We continue to draw on the teaching on Sounds-Write into Key Stage 2.
For more information about our phonic programme, please click the button below.
Parent involvement with supporting phonics is very important at St Joseph’s. Show and Share sessions in school provide the opportunity for parents and carers to see the programme in action and to support their children within their phonics learning.
Our Reading Scheme
In Foundation Stage 2 up to Year 2, the children access a range of books (from either Dandelion books or Sounds-Write) that are carefully selected to match the children’s reading ability and the current phonics sound that they are learning. Within these books, we have a range of fiction and non-fiction books to engage the pupils with their reading learning.
As children move into Key Stage 2, we move onto the Oxford Tree Tops which is the next step of progression within the reading scheme. We have a wide range of books to engage and challenge the children across the whole key stage. With a wide choice of books, the children are never without a new book for long!
Our children regularly visit the school library and are encouraged to access their class reading area too. Children are encouraged to take these books home to read and have the opportunity to change their books regularly.
Reading Across the Curriculum
The books within our classrooms are carefully organised to reflect the current learning across all subjects for that half term. The children can choose from a superb selection of good quality books provided by the School Library Service. The children are encouraged to read a range of fiction and non-fiction books to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the topics being studied. Children enjoy capturing and sharing their deepening knowledge from the books they have read through a range of methods of their choice. This could be thorugh talk partners, role play, recording facts on post-it notes etc.
We also like to ensure that our English lessons are active for the children. We use Burn2Learn in a range of ways to do this.
Our pupils from Y1 to Y6 have access to a SPaGonline. This can be accessed both in school and at home to support each child to develop confidence, knowledge and understanding of SPaG concepts through personalised activities set from the class teacher. This is used to support teaching, assessment and provide homework opportunities for the children.
At Joseph’s, all our children from FS2 to Y6 have access to Spelling Shed. This can be accessed both in school and at home to support each child to work on their weekly spellings through personalised learning which is engaging to each age group and every child’s ability. Spelling Shed allows the children to play games and work on their spellings in a range of ways. They are also able to set up ‘hives’ to challenge their peers. These spellings are set as part of their weekly homework.