The St. Mary's English Curriculum has been designed to give all children rich opportunities. All units are based high quality published texts as the foundation for the teaching. Our teachers create a bespoke learning journey based on their assessment of the pupils they teach. All teachers have been trained in Talk for Writing which puts oracy and vocabulary development at the heart of the curriculum.
Reading is our greatest priority in school and children have a wide range of quality texts available to them in the library to choose in addition to the texts that have been carefully selected to link to English units and across the wider curriculum. Each day pupils engage in guided reading, individual reading, 1:1 reading with an adult, 1:1 reading with a volunteer, being read to by class teachers and by reading out loud to the class each day in our St. Mary's Reading. Children in Key Stage 1 and EYFS learn to decode through Read Write Inc. phonics and children who still require a phonics approach into Key Stage 2, do so. Our aim is to ensure that all children become fluent readers.
To promote oracy and vocabulary development, staff are trained in the delivery of Word Aware, NELI and ELKLAN. Staff also use Makaton signing to support the acquisition of new vocabulary. Though these approaches, we ensure that pupils acquire a wide vocabulary and can make good academic progress across the curriculum as a result.