English, Reading and Writing

Curriculum

We want to support children to become enthusiastic, lively writers with an innate desire to read for pleasure.
We want children to leave our school, fully equipped with the literacy skills to achieve their dreams in future life and have memories of their literacy journey at St Peter’s lasting a life time.

We follow a Mastery approach to English through the programme ‘Pathways to Write.’ Units of work are delivered using high quality texts and children in all year groups are given varied opportunities for writing. Skills are built up through repetition within the units, and children apply these skills in the writing activities provided.  Many opportunities for widening children’s vocabulary are given through the Pathways to Write approach and this builds on the extensive work we do in school to provide our children with a rich and varied vocabulary.

Reading is a key skill and at St Peter’s Primary School we believe that children should be continually developing their reading skills and increasing their love of books.

Phonics is taught using the RWI scheme throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Year 1 and the first term in Year 2, as these are the building blocks of working out unfamiliar words. Red words – those that cannot be decoded – are also taught so that, combined with their decoding skills, children are able to read and comprehend texts speedily and skilfully. In EYFS and Year 1 the children take part in RWI storybook sessions. These storybooks are read three times in order to improve fluency and comprehension before the books are then taken home.
The teaching of reading is based on the excellent and inspiring John Murray programme, which has been tailored to meet the needs of our children. In Years 2 – 6, children take part in daily guided reading sessions. Studying a range of genres including stories, poems and non-fiction. Texts are selected from the John Murray scheme which ensures that children are exposed to a wide range of rich vocabulary. Each day focuses on a specific reading skill and leads to an independent reading task at the end of the week. This structure is consistent across the year groups and ensures that children develop and improve their comprehension skills and confidence.
A love of reading is an important factor at St Peter’s. Children are read to daily by their class teacher. Children in Years 2-6 use the Accelerated Reader scheme which ensures all children are reading books that are appropriate to their own individual needs. Those children who are working below the AR starting point are given books from RWI or a Wordsparks book as it is essential, they are reading texts matched to their own ability.
Home reading remains an important element of reading development and reading diaries are monitored on a weekly basis by school staff. We also encourage shared reading at home where parents read with or to their children.

You will find the end of year expectations for writing, reading and spoken language for each of our year groups in the attached documents. For further detail on the skills that your children are learning on a termly basis, please contact your class teacher.

Overview of objectives EYFS

Overview of objectives Y1

Overview of objectives Y2

Overview of objectives Y3

Overview of objectives Y4

Overview of objectives Y5

Overview of objectives Y6

Reading Curriculum Offer

Writing Curriculum Offer 

Reading progression document

Writing progression document

Grammar and Spelling Progression

English Policy 2024