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English Curriculum at St Catherine's

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At St Catherine’s we aim to:

  • Ensure language skills are developed and used across the whole curriculum.

  • Develop the Literacy skills of each child to their full potential.

  • Teach and support independent creative writing.

  • Give experience of a range of text types, including poetry, persuasion and plays.

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Power of Reading

Units of work are often based on Power of Reading units which have been written to inspire and engage children through a range of high quality texts.  These texts expose children to high quality vocabulary as well as giving them the opportunity to learn about a range of times, places and cultures.  Our aim is to excite our children through engaging texts that feed their imagination and spark their curiosity.

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National Curriculum Documents for Spelling

At St. Catherine’s we believe that the development of language provides the key life skills of literacy and communication.  Through the English curriculum, we strive to help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively, through the spoken and written word, in all curriculum areas and with the world at large.  We aim to produce confident children who are able to use and understand the varieties of language available to them, giving experience of a range of text types.

Literacy is taught for approximately one hour a day in Years 1-6.  During these lessons, children experience a whole class shared reading or writing activity, a whole class focused grammar or sentence activity, a guided group or independent activity and a final whole class activity to review progress and learning.  These activities allow the children to experience a wide range of texts and use a variety of resources.

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Exciting Writing!

What would you write about if you could choose your own subject and text type?

Take a look at what some of our super-creative pupils chose…

Working Walls

Every classroom at St. Catherine’s has a working wall, which supports and scaffolds the children in their writing.  Key features, success criteria and examples of writing are displayed for the genre of writing the children are working on.  This provides the children with the tools they need to be successful with their own writing; knowing what to include and how to improve it.

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National Curriculum Documents

Phonics and Reading Schemes

In order to deliver a high quality phonics and reading programme, we begin every day with structured phonics sessions in EYFS and KS1.  Lessons are planned following the structure of Letters and Sounds, with supporting materials from Phonics Play and Jolly Phonics. We feel that a range of reading materials best prepares the children for the real world of books, and with this in mind, we provide children with books from Heinemann StoryWorlds, Collins Big Cat Phonics, Oxford - Project X, Read Write Inc phonics, Rigby Star, Longman Book Project, Oxford Phonics Songbirds and other appropriate books. The selection of these books is closely monitored by the class teacher and the teaching assistant, along with input from the parents and the child.  We also recognise the importance of high quality texts as a platform for children to develop a life long love of reading.

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