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Catholic Primary School

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English/Writing

Intent 

At Saint Francis Xavier, we base our teaching of writing on the content of the National curriculum. We ensure that we teach our pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others. 

Reading and writing skills and knowledge are embedded across the curriculum. We provide vast opportunities for our pupils to apply the language and vocabulary skills that they have acquired in reading in writing sessions.

In writing lessons, we do not put ceilings on what pupils can achieve and we do not hold pre-conceptions about any pupils’ ability to make progress. We understand the importance of parents and carers in supporting their children to develop both grammar, spelling and composition skills. As a result, we encourage a home-school partnership which enables parents and carers to understand how to enhance the skills being taught in school.

A key aim for our pupils is effective communication of ideas and emotions, both orally and in written form. Spoken language is paramount at Saint Francis, forming foundations for reading and writing. By immersing our pupils in high-quality texts and language-rich environments, we aim for our children to be able to describe their world, expressing their views and opinions articulately. We want our children to use discussion and debate to enhance their learning across the curriculum, elaborating and explaining their thinking and ideas. We strive to enable all pupils to develop a love of writing and the confidence to explore their imagination, nurturing our pupils’ motivation to write with purpose and with pleasure.

 

We believe that a secure knowledge of the English language is crucial to a high quality education and will give the children at Saint Francis, the tools they need to contribute positively to the life of the school, their local community and the wider environment as a member of society.

Implementation

At St Francis Xavier, we use the National Curriculum objectives, Otrack and the progression of skills document as the basis for implementing the statutory requirements for English. We ensure that our curriculum is child lead to engage the children in their learning. As much as possible, we aim to make use of resources in the community such as Doncaster Library and Museum.

Our curriculum planning is tailored to the needs of our children. It is structured in three parts: the long term plan, medium term plans and short term plans.

These plans define what is taught each term and ensures balance with an appropriate distribution of work across each term that fits in with each cross-curricular topic, whilst providing the children with ‘real life’ experiences.

 

Our long-term planning maps the National Curriculum statements studied in each year group into the following key areas:

 

  • Speaking and Listening
  • Spelling and Phonics
  • Reading Key Performance Indicators
  • Reading and Writing Non- Negotiables.
  • Writing Genres and Focus Texts (for each half term)

Impact

We believe a strong, consistent approach to writing from the very beginning of the school journey will provide children with a strong foundation. Our pupils are proud of their writing and the impact is clearly visible in our classrooms and the pupil's work.

We ensure that children will make at least good progress in speaking, listening, reading and writing from their last point of statutory assessment or from their starting point in Foundation Stage One. Our Children will use their English knowledge and skills in all curriculum areas, and produce written work of the same standard across subjects, to enable them to know more, remember more and understand more to help them reach their potential at our school and beyond.

 

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