English

Our school vision for teaching English

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

 – Benjamin Franklin

At St. Patrick’s, we aim to deliver a high quality English curriculum that gives children the best possible opportunities to become confident and successful readers and writers with a deep love and understanding of the English language. We ensure that writing is taught through a creative and inspiring medium.  Each unit of work is based around an engaging picture book, text or visual media that enriches children’s English skills.  Genres are then carefully planned to marry with the text and boost cross-curricular links.

At St Patrick’s, we strive to immerse children in a rich reading environment across all areas of the curriculum and give them the opportunity to explore a wide range of quality texts. This supports word recognition, comprehension and vocabulary development. This year, we are working together with Rochdale’s Open University Reading Hub to develop reading for pleasure and this will include developing the whole school’s curriculum around literature.

To develop and support writing, we use ‘The Write Stuff’, a systematic and engaging approach to writing where the writing process is taught explicitly and deliberately in a positive, risk-taking classroom environment.  As a school, we use Phonics Bug throughout EYFS and KS1 to develop children’s phonics skills.  We use the Bug Club reading scheme throughout school to ignite children’s love of reading and nurture reading growth.  Through the wide variety of book-banded genres we aim to build up positive attitudes to reading, and engage children in the classroom through both independent and guided reading sessions.