Here at Our Lady of Lourdes, we are all readers and writers. Our teaching of English is designed to instil in children a love of speaking, listening, reading and writing that will last them a lifetime. Giving pupils the key skills in English enables them to access material in all curriculum areas, and provides a foundation for their learning throughout their school career.
To achieve this, teachers are focussed on making English interesting and exciting, engaging the pupils with the joy and wonder of books and piquing their imagination and creativity. Through high quality teaching and inspiring activities, we foster a rich and varied love of literature from the outset, using captivating characters and settings to celebrate the beauty of diverse worlds – both real and imaginary. Through carefully planned whole class and group discussion we aim to master our critical understanding of English and encourage all pupils to develop their own viewpoint about literature and learning.
At Our Lady of Lourdes, English lessons develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary. We teach our pupils to speak clearly, to convey their ideas fluently and confidently and to ask questions. We know the value of excellent vocabulary and this is developed and practised across our curriculum.
Our pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure and to read widely through our reading scheme and in regular guided reading sessions. Our guided reading sessions cover a wide variety of both fiction and non-fiction books and help to advance the children’s comprehension skills. Parents/guardians are given reading guidance and clear expectations about the importance of reading at home.
We develop writing skills so that the majority of our pupils have the stamina and ability to write at the age-related expectation for their year group. To support children in moving towards independent writing we provide a wide range of activities including the use of modelled, shared and guided writing, peer assessment and discussion.
As we believe consistency and well-taught English is the bedrock of a valuable education, we ensure that the teaching of writing is purposeful, robust and shows clear progression for all children. In line with the new national curriculum, we ensure that each year group is teaching the explicit grammar, punctuation and spelling objectives required for that age group. As well as teaching the objectives, teachers are able to embed the skills throughout the year in cross-curricular writing opportunities and ensure that most children are achieving the objectives at the expected level and that some children can achieve at a greater depth standard. In this sense, assessment of writing is also more fluid as teachers can assess against a set framework. All year groups use the same format for assessing writing which have been produced in line with the end of Key Stage assessment frameworks as published by the Department for Education.
Teachers use formative assessment in lessons and this informs their short term planning and helps them provide the best possible support for children.
Assessments take place half termly, with a summative grade given at the end of each term.
Monitoring in English includes: planning and book scrutinies, learning walks, pupil interviews and book talks. Information gathered is used to gain an accurate understanding of the quality of education in English.
To see how the age-related expectations are broken down by year group, download the Lancashire Key Learning Indicators of Performance (KLIPs) documents which are located in the side bar to the right of the page.
NB The underlined statements are considered as essential aspects for pupils to understand if the final year group/key stage expectations are to be met.
At Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School we follow the Oxford Reading Tree Reading Scheme. The books are colour banded and children are allocated an appropriate band depending on their ability to read words and comprehend the text they have read. This scheme starts in the Foundation Stage, continues in Key Stage 1 and again in Key Stage 2. This scheme is supplemented by other reading books to challenge the children and to develop their love of reading.
We are thrilled to be working with Beanstalk, a national charity which recruits and trains reading helpers to support children with their literacy skills.
Volunteers work with selected children two afternoons a week on a one-to-one basis.
For more information, or to find out about volunteering, visit their website www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk
Reading is an amazing way to fire your imagination and find out new things. Oxford Owl offers lots of free e-books online for you to read and enjoy.
Why not have a look for yourself? Just visit the Oxford Owl website and enjoy!
At our Lady of Lourdes Primary School in Key Stage 1, we follow the Letters and Sounds curriculum for phonics. This is taught in different phases and starts in the Foundation Stage and continues through to Key Stage 2 when required.