English Curriculum Intent
At St Patrick’s CE Primary School, our intent is to provide an inspirational English curriculum for our children that allows them to develop into confident and creative writers, readers and communicators. We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge base in English, which follows a clear pathway of progression, enabling them to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language and equip them with the skills they need to become lifelong learners. Our aim is to immerse children in an engaging curriculum that is tailored to their needs, responsive to the different speeds at which they learn and sensitive to the challenges that all children face on their learning journey.
We believe it is crucial to put quality children’s literature at the core of literacy learning. Therefore, we are proud of our text rich learning environment using high quality fiction and non-fiction books by a diverse range of authors. These texts often link to our history, geography or science topics and so create clear and tangible links across the curriculum, so children’s understanding of other curriculum areas is enhanced and consolidated.
At the heart of our English curriculum is the intention of all staff here at St Patrick’s to instil a love of reading, writing and discussion in our children that will have a positive impact on their development during their time here, and a lasting impact on their lives.
English Curriculum Impact
By immersing children in high quality texts and focusing on skills and the enjoyment of English, children develop an enthusiasm for the subject. They enjoy talking about their favourite books, discussing the stories they’re writing, and sharing their achievements with other children. Reading is assessed every term using Read Write Inc Phonics assessments for Foundation Stage, Year 1 and 2 children, NFER assessments for Years 1-6 and Star reading assessment for Years 2-6.
Children’s books show that they continually apply new writing skills as they progress through the school while drawing inspiration from the books they read in class. Children’s writing is assessed every half term. This assessment complements the day-to-day assessment that takes place in classrooms and in books.
Children are also encouraged to assess their own work. Evaluating their own progress enables children to talk freely and enthusiastically about their next steps.
Star Writer Display Autumn Term 2022