Reading - At St Mary’s we are passionate about reading for pleasure. Children are taught using a phonics based approach, and have at least one guided reading session per week with the teacher in which specific reading strategies and skills are taught. During weekly lessons the children will be encouraged to share a range of modern and classic texts, commenting upon those and sharing their preferences and opinions. They will also be taught to develop their prediction, comprehension and inference skills by exploring texts through discussion, drama and role play.

Writing - This is split into two parts, which consist of transcription (spelling and handwriting skills) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing). It is essential that pupils develop confidence between these two dimensions and as such we use these as the basis for all of our English planning.

Children are taught a cursive handwriting style from Reception onwards. They develop their handwriting skills in dedicated handwriting sessions, which enable them to write legibly and fluently in a joined up cursive style. 

St. Mary's Cursive Handwriting

Spoken Language - We ensure that our lessons include opportunities for children to discuss their ideas, offer their opinions and explain and justify their choices. We also teach them to use the conventions of debate as well as how to speak in a range of contexts to a variety of audiences.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) - This area of English aims to teach children the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the written and spoken and word, allowing them to communicate effectively in both verbal and written formats.