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The exciting things I will learn in English at St Joseph’s are:
At St Joseph’s, we follow the National Curriculum for English as a minimum, but do much more beyond this. We make sure we follow the Lancashire Teaching sequence to plan progressive lessons that inspire the love of reading and writing. We pick a variety of cross-curricular texts that inspire and hook children in; we use a variety of fiction and non-fictions books that promote high quality writing.
The exciting things that take place in English are:
Daily 15 minute RWI spelling lessons (Y2-Y6)
Speedy write challenges
Pawfect Presentation awards
Opportunities to publish writing and have it displayed around school and in the school’s newsletter
Cross curricular writing opportunities
Why do I need to know this?
At St Joseph’s we value writing. It is essential that we develop pupils’ writing within two-dimensional competences – transcriptional (spelling and handwriting) and compositional knowledge (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing). We believe that teaching pupils’ competence in these two dimensions are essential. In addition, pupils are taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. These aspects of writing have been firmly embedded into the units of work across all year groups in school. As a school we have identified that the ability to write down ideas fluently depends upon effective transcription; that is, on spelling quickly and accurately through knowing the relationship between sounds and letters (phonics) and understanding morphology (word structure) and orthography (spelling structure) of words. We teach pupils that effective composition involves articulating and communicating ideas, and then organising them coherently for a reader. We strongly believe that writing for an audience and a clear purpose is essential. This requires clarity, awareness of the audience of vocabulary and grammar. Writing also depends on fluent, legible and speedy handwriting.
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