The Curriculum Intent for English /Literacy can be summarised in these ways:
- English/Literacy is the foundation of our curriculum. Our main aim is to ensure that every child progresses in the areas of reading, writing, and speaking and listening.
- Prioritise language and communication development n the EYFS as we believe that language provides the foundation for thinking and learning (Research from EEF 2019 and Reading Framework from DFE 2021)
- Reading and phonics are a key focus in school to ensure that children can access all areas of the curriculum
- English/Literacy at St James’ CE Infant and Nursery School is not taught as a discrete subject, but is a cornerstone to our whole curriculum. It is embedded in all of our lessons and we strive for a high level of English/Literacy for all of our pupils.
- Our pupils will be exposed to a variety of literacy, genres and authors , providing them with a love of the subject and inspiring them to be independent learners
- Promote a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts.
- Develop a love of reading for pleasure; allowing them to be confident in forming their own opinions about authors and text types (Research from Professor Teresa Cremin - Open University)
- Have a language rich environment that encourages pupils to use a wide variety of vocabulary and develop their speaking and listening skills through drama, public speaking and performing etc.
- Use high quality targeted support for any pupils who are struggling in a specific area
- A learner-centred teaching approach. Use of DRICE to ensure learners deepen thinking, learning is role modelled appropriately, pupils are challenged and engaged.
- Using our approach to Building Learning Power, we will explore opportunities to collaborate, question, revise and persevere during our English lessons.
Our English Subject Leader is Miss Stephanie Sapsed.