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 word. We have adopted the New National Curriculum 2014 which can be accessed https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum
At St. Dominic’s we hope to foster a love of literature through the use of high quality texts.
Our English teaching begins in Early years where we introduce the teaching of phonics using letters and sounds and Phonic Bug. A key focus is exploring and enjoying stories and non fiction texts whilst teaching early writing skills through the development of 'Talk for Writing' in focused teaching sessions and imaginary play opportunities. This goes hand in hand with teaching early reading and writing skills, including e cursive handwriting skills. A range of material is used to support reading including Bug Club, Oxford Reading Tree, Oxford Songbirds and Oxford Traditional tales.
As our pupils move through the school they continue to have a daily English lesson. Shared and guided reading is incorporated into whole class and group work and enables pupils to explore the structure and effective composition of texts to enhance pupils' understanding and fine tune their comprehension skills. Pupils are taught the skills to write accurately, coherently and imaginatively, adapting their language and style in and for a range of purposes. Spelling and grammar are a focus throughout the lessons. We provide opportunities for the pupils to consolidate their literacy skills through our cross curricular work and make meaningful links where ever possible.