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
Our English teaching begins in Key Stage One with the teaching of phonics. We use Phonic Bug, an engaging print and online resource, to support the teaching of synthetic phonics in these early years. It is a programme designed to teach children to decode and comprehend text in a fun way! 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. Pupils are taught the skills to write clearly, accurately and coherently, 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 cross curricular work. Regular guided reading sessions help pupils to fine tune their comprehension skills. In addition, our oldest pupils are involved in debate and public speaking through the Stroud area schools ‘MockTrial’ event.
At St. Dominic’s we hope to foster a love of literature through the use of high quality texts. Our school library has recently been completely refreshed to create an exciting environment which will continue to nurture our bookworms!