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St Mary’s R.C. First School



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. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with 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
Children from Reception to Yr1 follow the Read Write Inc (RWI) scheme which incorporates the learning of phonics and reading. RWI is also used, if appropriate, for interventions with children from Yr2 to Yr4. 
At St Mary’s we use the (SRA) comprehension reading scheme in Yr2 to Yr4. Children learn and build upon their scanning, inference and understanding of the text whilst using this scheme. We assess the reading comprehension level and this then determines which book colour (level) they are on. 

To find out more about the National Curriculum we teach please follow the link below 

English Overview 2019 – 2020

Writing Progression of Skills 2019 – 2020

Reading Progression of Skills 2019-2020

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