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Literacy

English

Literacy at St George'sAt St George’s, English is planned to ensure that language is taught in an exciting, stimulating and enjoyable way. Our approach is to make sure that the essential language skills are delivered across the curriculum, enabling children to become confident learners in applying their communicative skills in reading, writing and spelling.

Writing

The teaching of writing at St George’s aims to build, year upon year, on children’s basic skills and conventions of writing. When leaving the school they should be writers who can demonstrate:

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  • spelling at an age-appropriate level or above
  • writing in a clear joined-up style

Composition:

  • understanding the purpose and structure of a range of text types
  • planning, writing, drafting and editing a range of texts
  • creating interesting and imaginative texts through exposure to a rich and varied curriculum

Grammar:

  • understanding the function of word types
  • using a range of punctuation accurately
  • structuring sentences in a variety of ways

During their four years at St George’s, pupils will experience a wide range of types of writing and learn to become competent writers through following the progression of skills outlined in the National Curriculum. As a result they should leave the school as confident writers who are able to express themselves on paper in an accurate and appropriate manner.

The ways in which children at St George’s work is always flexible and includes; class, group, pair and individual work. Where needed, children will have guided writing sessions led by their teachers to address specific writing needs.

The teaching of writing incorporates a range of strategies to address the needs of individual classes and children. Shared writing, up-levelling of writing, modelled examples of writing, and teacher scripted writing sessions are some of the strategies that are used at St George’s.

As they develop their understanding of the writing purpose, children need to have a clear understanding and appreciation of the writing process – becoming more skilled at planning, drafting, editing and proof reading their work as they progress through the school.

The teaching of the conventions of English grammar is in accordance with the National Curriculum and, where appropriate, is taught in the context of the children’s wider learning.

Spelling

Spellings at St George’s follows the sequence set out in the National Curriculum.

On entry to St George’s, Year 3 children are assessed and any gaps in their phonic knowledge are identified. Gaps in children’s phonic knowledge are closed through targeted intervention groups.

Across the school, children are regularly assessed on their spelling abilities and are given spelling to suit their spelling age. Children are set spellings which they practice at home and in class through designated spelling lessons. Each child has a spelling journal where they:

  • investigate spelling patterns and rules
  • understand the definitions of the words they are learning
  • learn about the origins of words
  • develop a range of strategies for learning spellings
  • learn about associated punctuation skills
  • use words in context

In addition to the set programme and learning different strategies for spelling, children are encouraged at all times to use word books, dictionaries and thesauri as a matter of habit. These are kept easily accessible for children and the use of them is modelled for all children.

Reading

Details of reading at St. George’s can be found on our Reading page