At St John's our emphasis is on developing and mastering the skills needed to help the child's understanding of English, they should not be forced to move on if it is not accessible for them to do so. At St John’s, every child is an individual and the English curriculum we offer is tailored to account for this. The New National Curriculum provides opportunities for children to develop their handwriting, phonics understanding and spelling skills in a challenging way. From EYFS to Year 6, our expectations are high.
In Reading, the new curriculum places more emphasis on reading for pleasure and learning how to read fluently with an understanding of comprehension when reading and listening to a range of books. In each year group, texts are chosen to develop and challenge our young readers and to promote a love of reading. Our Guided Reading sessions in every class encourage independent thought and provoke questioning skills that are designed to enhance the childrens’ knowledge, understanding and reading skills.
In Writing, the emphasis at St John’s is very much on the child learning an extensive vocabulary through a range of texts. Different writing activities are explored and expectations are high in all year groups to write clearly and to be technically accurate in grammar and punctuation. Opportunities for children to become fluent speakers as well as writers are offered throughout the curriculum at St John’s.
The National Curriculum Programme of Study for English can be found below.