We believe that reading in particular provides children with the chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.
The programmes of study for reading at key stages 1 and 2 consist of two dimensions:
Comprehension skills develop through children’s experiences of reading a range of high-quality texts (stories, poems and non-fiction) and high-quality discussions. Therefore, we encourage children to read widely across fiction and non-fiction as well as sharing these with the children through reading and writing lessons. By reading a wide range of texts, children are able to; develop knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, establish an appreciation and love of reading and gain knowledge across the curriculum. As well as this, the children can develop and broaden their vocabulary and their imagination.
At St. John’s Primary School, our aim is that all children love English and are excited to read, write and express themselves. To achieve this, we follow Talk for Writing as a whole school; a cumulative and systematic process for the teaching of English.
The National Curriculum for English reflects the importance of spoken language in children’s development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically. Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing. The quality and variety of language that children hear and speak are vital for developing their vocabulary and grammar as well as their understanding for reading and writing. The Talk for Writing approach allows children to continuously develop these skills whilst developing a rich vocabulary that they can use in their spoken and written language.
Talk for Writing follows a three-step process: imitation, innovation and independent application.
During the Imitation Stage, the children are exposed to exemplary writing models and are given opportunities to imitate and experiment with the writing tools they explore. The children get to know a text incredibly well by orally learning it, reading as a reader and reading as a writer. Through these approaches, the children explore the text for meaning, vocabulary, comprehension and writing tools. Here the children begin to develop toolkits by investigating the writing skills and grammar used in the model text. This then develops their understanding of how to use these in their own writing.
The Innovation Stage focuses on shared writing where there is a strong emphasis on securing the basics of handwriting, phonics/spelling and grammar in relation to what is needed for the text type being taught.
The final stage, Independent Application, promotes children to draft, revise, edit and produce their own independent versions; during this stage, the children focus on independently applying the skills they have recently learnt.
By means of the Talk for Writing approach, our children will learn to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others. Furthermore, through reading and listening, they will understand what others are communicating with them.
St. John’s English curriculum aims to ensure that all children:
The below resources set out the cursive letter formation we teach in school from Year 1 upwards. Pupils in EYFS are taught to print each letter without the cursive 'lead in'.