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Curriculum Overview


The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding.

  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.

  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.

  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.

  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.

  • Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.

  • Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

At St Anselm's, the aims of the national curriculum for English are taught through;

  • Spoken Language

  • Reading – word reading and comprehension.

  • Phonics

  • Writing – transcription, handwriting, composition, spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.

At St Anselm’s we recognise that English is of vital importance to us all. Therefore, teaching is structured to ensure that the elements of speaking and listening, reading, writing and spelling, vocabulary and punctuation are integrated. Children are encouraged and helped to speak clearly, confidently and with expression in order to communicate ideas and feelings and to listen to others and respond appropriately. All children are provided with opportunities in all areas of the curriculum to develop skills in spoken language, including through drama and role play.

In EYFS and KS1 Phonics are taught daily. The teaching of phonics is based upon the Letters and Sounds publication, which is supplemented by the use of Jolly Phonics. The children are taught to read a range of materials fluently and with understanding, for enjoyment and information. Our reading programme ensures that children are taught to use a range of strategies, e.g., phonics, word recognition, use of context - to help them make sense of what they read.

To assist with this we use a wide range of books including those within reading schemes, fiction and non-fiction texts, poetry and plays. We place a strong emphasis on reading comprehension and to this end the children are taught how to read for meaning. We believe it is essential for children to read as wide a range of literature as possible. Parents are encouraged to take an active part in helping their child/ children to learn to read.

Children are helped to develop the ability to express their thoughts and ideas and communication skills through the written word. We aim to ensure that children develop a strong command of English through the correct use of punctuation, spelling, grammar and correct letter formation. Opportunities are provided for children to develop the necessary writing skills required for different purposes and audiences. The link between reading and writing is strongly emphasised.

The school believes that there is a close relationship between handwriting and spelling. The children are helped to use joined up writing early on, so that the flow of the hand takes them through the word. Looking back at their work they are encouraged to see which words do not appear to be correct.