Introduction

At St Chad’s, we believe that the development of language and literacy skills is of the highest priority. We have a diverse intake of children who between them speak many different languages. Whilst we value all languages, our aim is for all children to develop the necessary skills to become effective users of the English language.

In studying English, our children develop skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening enabling them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively. Our teaching and learning recognises the current thinking on the National Curriculum as well as harnessing aspects of other creative and innovative approaches in order to provide a broad and balanced scheme of work for our children.

English is taught as a discrete lesson on a daily basis and lessons follow the National Curriculum for English. Wherever possible, cross-curricular links are made with English through thematic plans. Children are taught in mixed ability groups for English and ability groups for phonics and spelling. We teach children to understand a range of genres, building on children’s understanding year after year, ensuring continuity and progression in the teaching of English. We use two main types of writing across Key Stage 1: writing to entertain and to inform.