Our English curriculum is based on a thematic approach, where whole class shared texts form the focal point from which learning extends. Reading is at the heart of our curriculum, and we foster an ethos that celebrates the pleasure of reading. St Mary's offers a wide range of genres and publications which are promoted across the breadth of the key stages. In addition to our attractive library, each classroom has a selection of exciting and challenging books in a dedicated reading corner.
Key Stage 1
Our phonics lessons are delivered on a daily basis using a combination of Jolly Phonics and Bug Club. We incorporate a daily 30 minutes lesson in both early years and key stage 1. In addition, grammar, spelling punctuation are taught through an integrated approach or discretely where appropriate. Cursive handwriting is taught from years 2 - 6.
Key Stage 2
Weekly extended writing tasks are carried out across key stage 2, with integrated grammar, punctuation and spelling lessons supporting writing structures. Pupils are exposed to a range of genres, including both fiction and non fiction reading and writing. All children are encouraged to use spelling journals across key stages to promote independence, before moving onto dictionaries and thesauruses. Reading in key stage 2 is assessed through the Renaissance's 'Accelerated Reader' programme and Rising Stars PIRA assessments. Extra-curricular opportunities include annual whole-school oracy awards, poetry and public speaking competitions.