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, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
read easily, fluently and with good understanding
develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
At St Paulinus School, phonics teaching and learning is planned using the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme published by the Dfes.
This breaks down phonics teaching into six strands, each building on the knowledge learned in the previous strand and includes learning how to blend sounds for reading and segmenting them for writing words.
We also use resources from the 'Jolly Phonics' published materials to enhance our teaching, as well as monitoring children's understanding of the first 200 most frequently used words in the English language.
Children in the Reception Class and years 1 and 2 begin their journey learning to read with the 'Oxford Reading Tree' scheme. This highly enjoyable scheme bases the early stages of it's books around a familiar family of characters and then widens with increasingly harder texts that include phonic-based simple stories, poetry, factual books and stories for older children to enjoy.
As the children become increasingly independent confident readers, they progress to choosing from a wider range of books that are in colour-coded bands but can continue to read from the 'Oxford Reading Tree' scheme too. We supplement this with other published schemes such as Collins 'Big Cat' books.