Reading Statement of Intent
It is our intent at St Margaret Clitherow Primary School to provide pupils with a high-quality education in English that will teach pupils to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively.
With regards to Reading, phonics will be emphasised in the early teaching of reading to beginners when they start school.
We intend to encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, to gain knowledge across the curriculum and develop their comprehension skills. It is our intention to ensure that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education.
Writing Statement of Intent
At St Margaret Clitherow Primary School Writing is a crucial part of our curriculum. All children from Foundation Stage to Year 6 are provided with many opportunities to develop and apply their writing skills across the curriculum.
With regards to Writing, we intend for pupils to be able to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. To be able to do this effectively, pupils will focus on developing effective transcription and effective composition. They will also develop an awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. We also intend for pupils to leave school being able to use fluent, legible and speedy handwriting.
With regards to Spelling, teachers will show pupils how to understand the relationships between words, how to understand nuances in meaning, and how to develop their understanding of, and ability to use, figurative language. They will also teach pupils how to work out and clarify the meanings of unknown words and words with more than one meaning. Pupils will be taught to control their speaking and writing consciously and to use Standard English.
Phonics at St Margaret Clitherow School
- The systematic teaching of phonics has a high priority throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage Phonics is taught daily to all children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and those in Year 2 who have not passed phonics screening in Year 1.
- Staff systematically teach learners the relationship between sounds and the written spelling patterns, or graphemes, which represent them.
- Intervention is planned for those children who are working below expected levels.
- Letters and Sounds is used for delivery of the phonics sessions. It is supplemented with Jolly Phonics and the use of Reading Eggs and Fast Phonics.
- Pupils will be given Reading books which closely match the phase of phonics that they are currently working
- We have reviewed the Phonics' programme and have now purchased Little Wandle Phonics' Scheme (Spring term 2022). Our staff is currently being trained in delivering this scheme and we are hoping to have it fully implemented it by Summer Term 2022.