At Our Lady and All Saints Catholic Primary School we give the teaching of reading and writing the highest priority as they are the cornerstones of all subsequent learning. We aim to give each and every child a love of reading and language that will stay with them throughout their lives.
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The foundations for teaching the National Curriculum English are begun in Early Years Foundation Stage, with the development of a high quality programme planned within Communication, Language and Literacy.
The teaching of English at KS1 and 2 is underpinned by the expectations and programme of study set out by the DfE's National Curriculum (2014):
Purpose of study
A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.
The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
* read easily, fluently and with good understanding
* develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
* acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
* appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
* write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
* use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
* are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate
The programmes of study for English are set out year-by-year for key stage 1 and two-yearly for key stage 2. The single year blocks at key stage 1 reflect the rapid pace of development in word reading during these 2 years. English is taught during discrete sessions but is also taught throughout the curriculum. High expectations of correct
grammar and spelling, vocabulary choices and sentence structure as well as excellent presentation is just as important in topic work and RE.
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the content, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
Writing KLIP grids (targets in writing for year expectations) can be viewed at Parents evenings with your child's teacher.