The subject of English at St. Mary's takes in reading, phonics, writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation, speaking and listening. Alongside following the National Curriculum and the EYFS Profile, St. Mary's values the input of parents and carers into helping the children to develop a love of reading and writing. Below you will find our policy documents for the different areas of the subject along with some resources to use with your child at home.
Reading at St. Mary's
We are always focusing on how we can get the best from our children, and reading in school and at home is one of the most important ways to enhance our children's learning.
What we do at school...
- Daily Guided Reading sessions
- Daily Phonics (EYFS and KS1)
- Class texts
- Reading across the curriculum
- Opportunities to develop reading for pleasure
- Individual reading
- Support for children who struggle or have a lack of enthusiasm
What do we want from our children?
- To read for pleasure
- To be able to sight-read fluently (at appropriate age)
- To be able to summarise what has been read
- To read with understanding
- To read with expression
- To be able to choose what they would like to read for
- To have reasons for preferences in what they read
How you can help your child with reading...
- Reading is a skill your child should practise everyday - your child can read their school book, magazines, comics or any other book that they have at home.
- Practise reading common and tricky words.
- Visit a library.
- Practise phonics sounds (KS1)
- Reading is everywhere - from cookbooks to game instructions - so when you sit down to play a new board game or try a new recipe, encourage your child to read them aloud with you.
- Encourage children to read things around the house: packets, signs etc.
- Reading records - listen to your child reading and fill in their home reading record book.
World Book Day at St. Mary's
This year, we had author Damian Harvey visit us at St. Mary's to give workshops on fiction and non-fiction writing and how to create a book. All the children thoroughly enjoyed his visit and were enthusiastic to continue writing after the workshops.
The children made a fantastic effort to dress up as book characters. We would like to thank families for all the effort they put in to prepare the children for yet another very successful World Book Day.
Home School Reading Records
Every child at St. Mary's has been given a Reading Record to log when they have read at home with an adult. Reading is crucial to children's development and at St. Mary's, we value any reading that is done with the children out of school. We are asking adults to read twice or more each week with their child at home. Please see the letter below that was sent out to parents with the Reading Journals.
At St. Mary's we teach grammar through the Rainbow Grammar method. This method uses colours to break down sentences into their different parts. From Reception to Year 6, children are taught how to write using different grammatical structures which enhance the quality of the children's writing.
Please take a look at our Rainbow Grammar parents' guide to see how you can support your child at home.
End of Year Expectations
Take a look of what is expected at the end of each academic year in English...