Striving to be the best we can!
Welcome to the English Page!
English Co-ordinators - Mrs Smith and Mrs West
Governor: Denzil Shepheard
At St Botolph’s Primary School, we recognise the importance of English in supporting children in order for them to ‘Strive to be the best they can’. We understand that gaining and using skills in language not only affects a child’s progress in school but also forms effective communicators, ambitious writers, fluent readers and children that have the desire to learn. Our intent is that all of our pupils, irrelevant of their background or starting point, will be given the opportunity to develop their use, knowledge and understanding of spoken and written English within a broad and balanced curriculum and with opportunities to consolidate and reinforce skills that have been taught.
For more in depth details on our English curriculum, please see the English Policy and updates below.
Throughout our school, we use the Collins 'Big Cat' reading scheme. This scheme provides different genres, throughout the stages, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and classic novels. There is something for everyone!
Our school library has very recently been given a make over and now it is an organised, relaxing, informative place to be.
We follow a range of phases in our writing to help us develop our skills. These phases include a SPaG phase, a writing phase and an editing and improving phase. All of our phases start with a book and builds up to a piece of writing based on what we have been reading. We have been working really hard on improving our handwriting in school which we hope you can see in our books.
Read Write Inc.
We have chosen and adopted the principles of Ruth Miskin’s, ‘Read, Write Inc’ programme as our Phonics teaching approach. This is a vigorous, enjoyable, lively programme of phonic work that we have securely embedded within our curriculum and which meets the National Curriculum requirements (2014).
Within our school, the Read Write Inc. programme is introduced in the Foundation Stage and is taught progressively through the terms that follow. Throughout the programme, there are opportunities to re-visit and recall previously learned knowledge to make sure that it in ‘baked’ into the progressive lessons.
RWI Phonemes Pronunciation Guide
Ruth Miskin shows you why pronouncing sounds in a 'pure' way is the most effective for teaching children how to read.
Following on from our phonics teaching, we have adapted Ruth Miskin’s ‘Read, Write Inc’ Spelling Programme. The programme uses a proven approach, underpinned by phonics, and fast-paced lessons to prepare the children for the higher demands of the National Curriculum (2014).
To learn more about RWI please see the RWI website. On the website, there are more helpful videos and links to support the learning of phonics.
At St Botolph’s, we have adapted the cursive style of handwriting in which children are taught to write letters joined together in a flowing manner, for the purpose of making writing faster and more fluent. We are using Join it handwriting font in all aspects of our lessons. Children are exposed to the font around the school and are shown how to form the letters as well as joins in their lessons.
We have been implementing a new handwriting scheme in our school. In 2019, we adapted the scheme ‘Think Write’ for the Foundation Stage. This will feed into Key Stage 1 from September 2020.