At St Cuthbert's we aim to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. During our daily English lessons we follow the Pie Corbett 'Talk4Writing' approach, this 'enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version' (Pie Corbett Talk4Writing).
In EYFS and Key Stage 1, we also teach skilled word reading throughout, using the ‘Song of Sounds’ phonics programme.
At St Cuthbert's pupils will be given opportunities to interrelate the requirements of English within a broad and balanced approach to the teaching of English across the curriculum, with opportunities to consolidate and reinforce taught literacy skills.
At St Cuthbert’s we strive for children to be a ‘Primary Literate Pupil’
· Read easily, fluently and with a good understanding
· Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
· Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
· Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
· Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
· Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
· Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.