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St Michael and St John's

Roman Catholic Primary School

Following the example of Jesus, together we learn, love and respect one another to be the best we can be.

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St Michael and St John's

Roman Catholic Primary School

Following the example of Jesus, together we learn, love and respect one another to be the best we can be.

English

Phonics

The Purpose of studying Phonics

At St. Michael and St. John’s R.C we believe that good reading and spelling is an essential skill that allows the children to communicate their understanding in all curriculum subjects. In order for pupils to develop into effective and confident spellers, they need to develop and use a range of spelling strategies. For this to be achieved, spelling is taught actively and explicitly with the understanding that the greatest impact on spelling is achieved when children are encouraged to use new spellings, and their associated rules, in their writing.  Regular analysis of pupils’ spelling ensures that support is provided, tailored to the specific needs of the child or year group.

 

Aims:

To teach children to:

  • Apply the skill of blending phonemes in order to read words.
  • Segment words into their constituent phonemes in order to spell words.
  • Learn that blending and segmenting words are reversible processes.
  • Read high frequency words that do not conform to regular phonic patterns.
  • Read texts and words that are within their phonic capabilities as early as possible.
  • Decode texts effortlessly so all their resources can be used to comprehend what they read.
  • Spell effortlessly so that all their resources can be directed towards composing their writing.

 

Intent:
We believe that phonics teaching should be: systematic, discrete, interactive, practical and engaging.  Our schools follow the systematic approach laid out in Letters and Sounds (DfE 2007) which has been adapted to meet the requirements of the new National Curriculum.  Staff plan phonics to ensure progression and effective, high quality teaching. Phonics is strongly linked with our faith, which is at the heart of our curriculum.

 

 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”                                                                                              

                        John 1:1

 “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.”                                                          

                                                                                                                    1 Timothy 4:13

 

A range of interactive resources are available for teaching staff and staff are encouraged to use whiteboards so that children can write quickly during the sessions and ‘show me’ to provide effective and regular assessment for learning.

•        To teach children aural discrimination, phonemic awareness and rhyme awareness in order to encourage good spelling.

•        Sounds taught should be ‘pure’ i.e. ‘b’, not ‘buh’ as this is central to phonic teaching and the ability to recognise sounds in words.

•        To encourage repetition, consolidation, using and applying so that spelling becomes automatic.

•        To encourage children to segment and blend.

 

Implementation:
 

Phonics across the Curriculum

  • Children are encouraged to use their phonic skills across all curriculum subjects.
  • All teachers and teaching assistants model the correct articulation of the phonemes and children are given opportunities to articulate individual phonemes.
  • We have a strong emphasis on the application of phonic knowledge at the point of learning.
  • Planning ensures each phonics session shows evidence of new learning not just consolidation.

 

Impact

Outcomes in phonics lessons should show children receive a good balance of opportunities to consolidate and apply new learning through the four-part teaching sequence. Children should achieve the Key Stage 1 milestones in line with Government recommendations (Phonics screening test should be passed at the end of Year 1). Work in English books should reflect their phonic level.

 

Curriculum Map

Reading

 

The Purpose of studying Reading:

At SSMJ we follow the National Curriculum Programme of Study for English, which contains the curriculum for reading. Our school strives to deliver a high-quality education in English, which will 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. Our reading curriculum gives our children a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. It allows our children to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.

 

Aims:

In line with the national curriculum 2014, the curriculum at SSMJ 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
  • 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.

 

Intent

At SSMJ, English, including reading is given a high priority. We aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

 

Implementation

 

Speaking and Listening

At SSMJ, we strive to develop as fully as possible each child’s competence, confidence and enjoyment in speaking and listening. Speaking and listening activities are embedded throughout the whole curriculum. Teachers plan for speaking and listening to take place regularly throughout lessons and the development of vocabulary is also planned for across the curriculum (See Vocabulary Policy).

 

 

Reading

Learning to read follows the structure of the National Curriculum with a focus on word reading (see phonics policy) and comprehension (both listening and reading). These two areas are taught in a variety of ways, for example shared reading, guided reading and individual reading (see teaching and learning section below). A love of reading is also developed through the use of class novels, the school libraries and classroom book corners.

 

At St Michael & St John's, children read books that match their phonic phase from phase 1 to phase 5. Once children have achieved phase 5, they move onto colour banded books. 

 

Impact

Spoken language is central to the development and understanding of reading and writing. By focussing on speaking and listening, this will impact greatly on children’s learning across the whole curriculum (cognitively, socially and linguistically).

 

By providing children with the word reading and comprehension skills through a rich and varied reading diet, we hope to develop citizens who have the reading skills they need for daily life and also citizens who become life-long readers, with enjoyment and understanding of a variety of literature.

Reading in Action

 

Here are some suggested texts for you to share with/ encourage your child to read.

Writing

 

The Purpose of studying Writing:

At SSMJ we follow the National Curriculum Programme of Study for English, which contains the curriculum for writing. Our school strives to deliver a high-quality education in English, which will teach pupils to write so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others.  It allows our children to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. Our curriculum supports children in having a strong command of written language. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.

 

Aims:

In line with the national curriculum 2014, the curriculum at SSMJ aims to ensure that all pupils:

 

  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for writing
  • 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

 

Intent:
At SSMJ, English, including writing is given a high priority. We aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written language.

 

Implementation:

Learning to write follows the structure of the National Curriculum with a focus on transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing). Children are also taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. Composition and editing work is taught through English lessons and spelling and handwriting sessions are taught discretely.

 

 

 

Impact

 

By focussing on both transcription and composition skills, this should allow for children to become fluent and effective writers. Their spelling should be quick and accurate as they have been taught the relationship between sounds and letters (phonics) and also the morphology (word structure) and orthography (spelling structure) of words. A focus on composition also means that our children will be able to articulate and communicate their ideas and organise them in an effective way for the reader, thinking about audience, purpose, context, vocabulary and grammar.

Writing In Action

Letter Formation

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