Teachers develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.
A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to write and speak fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both 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 (DFE 2013)
At St. Joseph’s we teach English on a daily basis and where possible, through a thematic approach, so to ensure skills are transferable. We use a ‘talk for writing approach’ which provides the children with the ‘spoken language’ before any attempt to write is implemented. This is enhanced by rich ‘first hand’ experiences so to give writing a real purpose. The children were delighted to receive a parcel and letter from the Jolly Postman and our Y3/4 class were overwhelmed when they received a letter from Henry V111 asking them to provide a banquette for him!
We teach daily phonics in Key Stage 1 and Spelling and Grammar in Key Stage 2. Alongside this, daily reading activities are integral to the day in the format of guided reading, as well as one to one reading.