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Literacy

English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.
 
The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
(National Curriculum)
Reading
Children who read for pleasure gain a richer vocabulary, more knowledge, and critical thinking skills and become independent learners. Children work in focused partners and groups to develop their reading skills and their understanding of texts. We provide children with rich reading experiences within the English lessons and encourage them to appreciate the author’s use of language and writing techniques in order to develop their own writing skills. KS2 takes part in the 'Destination Reader' scheme.
 
This is a wonderful scheme which really focuses on the skills of reading. The children unpick the schemes main strategies which include, Predicting, Questioning, Clarifiying, Inferring, Summarising, Making Links and Evaluating. This is done through a variety of different genres and texts. Our children take their reading books home daily to share with their families/carers. As they go through the school, they are given more responsibility for making their own reading choices from the excellent resources we have in school.
 
Writing
At St John of Jerusalem COE Primary we aim for children to be independent writers. We encourage them to write clearly and with confidence in any given genre. Each class has a termly core teaching text, which provides engaging opportunities to write across different genres. Our children are taught to use punctuation and grammar accurately, to be able to proofread their own work and make amendments and improvements.
 
Speaking and Listening
Talking is fundamental to learning. Pupils are encouraged to speak clearly, confidently and with expression in order to state their ideas and opinions. Just as important is the need to listen carefully to others and respond in appropriate ways. At St John of Jerusalem COE Primary, pupils are given opportunities in all areas of the curriculum to develop their speaking and listening skills, in paired, group or whole class situations. Therefore, Role play, Small world and Drama activities are intrinsic elements of speaking and listening across the school.
 
Phonics
 Resources
Each classroom has a book corner where children can read quietly during the day, and borrow books to take home.  We also have a quiet area of the playground where children can read during playtime.  Each child has a book bag for home reading, and they will bring home a variety of targeted reading books and fun books each week.  We really encourage parents to read with their children daily at home, and always welcome parent volunteers to the school to hear our pupils read.