Welcome to English
What Ofsted said about English at St. Mary's:
"Pupils apply their writing skills through well-considered activities across the curriculum. Examples of cross-curricular writing include history, geography, science and religious education. As a result, pupils are developing a better understanding of how to write for different audiences and reasons."
At St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School, we are dedicated to encouraging all children to be passionate about reading and writing. We are committed to ensuring that ALL children become highly competent readers and writers by the end of their time with us. It is our intention to immerse pupils in the wonders of quality texts to instil a love for reading, a passion for discovery and confidence to explore their imagination.
During their time at St. Mary’s, all children will be exposed to a high quality education in English. This will not only teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can effectively communicate their ideas and emotions to others, but also so that through their reading and listening, others can effectively communicate with them.
At St. Mary’s, the English Curriculum consists of:
We strive to ensure that our children’s attainment is in line with or exceeds their potential when we consider the varied starting points of all our children. The age related expectations are paramount when it comes to measuring attainment. We robustly and systematically track the progress and attainment of all children throughout the year, aiming for accelerated progress in all pupils. We aim for the percentage of pupils working at age related expectations and greater depth standard within each year group will be at least in line with national averages.
Children at St. Mary’s enjoy reading and this has a positive impact on reading attainment. Children have enhanced levels of text comprehension and have a good understanding of the key reading skills, which is developed progressively across the school.
As all aspects of English are an integral part of the curriculum, cross curricular writing is of a high standard. Skills taught in English lessons are transferred into other subjects; this shows consolidation of skills and a deeper understanding of how and when to use specific grammar, punctuation and grammar objectives.
We hope that as children move on from us to further their education and learning that their creativity, passion for English and high aspirations travel with them and continue to grow and develop as they do. Our intentions are that our English curriculum will ensure all pupils are academically prepared for life beyond primary school and throughout their educational journey, into adulthood.