At St. Andrew’s, we aim to foster a love of language and literature through a progressive curriculum that inspires, excites and engages our pupils and equips them with the confidence and inquisitiveness to become lifelong learners. We believe that a secure foundation of reading and writing skills is at the heart of all learning; fluency and understanding within these skills enables our pupils both to communicate with others effectively for a variety of purposes and to reflect upon their own and others’ experiences, feelings and ideas. Our pupils are encouraged and supported to be resilient, curious and confident in their approach towards their studies through the diverse range of creative and challenging reading and writing opportunities which they are offered. A broad range of quality texts underpins the learning of all ages, exposing pupils to a wide range of cultures, issues and experiences whilst encouraging a thirst for new knowledge. We strive to empower our students to become empathetic, tolerant and fully equipped with the fundamental literacy skills to enable them to successfully continue their learning journey wherever it may take them.
“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
Why do we teach this / what are we trying to achieve?
CURRICULUM DESIGN – To design and implement a diverse, exciting and inspiring English Curriculum where every child’s interests are engaged, and their skills and understanding are consolidated and consistently extended to provide a clear pathway of progression in line with the National Curriculum 2014 and Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2020.
ATTITUDES TOWARDS ALL ASPECTS OF ENGLISH: To promote to our pupils how fundamental their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills will be in their future learning pathway and life beyond primary school. We strive to develop a love of literature whereby children absorb themselves in what they are reading, writing and saying and are passionate in their enjoyment and keen to share this with others.
READING: To inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage and a habit of reading widely and often. We envisage that due to this our pupils will be encouraged to become more empathetic and tolerant when encountering a range of literary texts that allow children to think beyond their own time and place, and are representative of diverse cultures from around the world.
WRITING: To recognise the importance of nurturing 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. We strive to offer them a diverse range of creative and stimulating opportunities where they write for real purposes and have a clear purpose for their writing.
SPEAKING AND LISTENING: To inspire children to become confident in the art of speaking and listening, both in forming and expressing their own views and opinions and in listening to and valuing those of others. Pupils are supported in, and encouraged to, explore their own feelings and openly discuss their wellbeing and own mental health and the things that can impact upon this. Our pupils will be empowered to question and engage with a variety of viewpoints and are given frequent opportunities to communicate and further their learning.
CONFIDENT, INDEPENDENT LEARNERS – To create independent learners who have the courage to take risks, seek support and support others, and who thrive on challenges, collaborating and communicating well with others, in order for them to be well-equipped for the next stage in their education.