English at St Gerard's

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"You can make anything by writing" - C.S Lewis

At St Gerard's, we strive to inspire children to become confident, independent writers who are able to communicate their ideas and opinions in written form with ease and accuracy. We know that writing is a crucial life skill that opens many doors for us later in life, and we aim to equip children with strong writing skills that can be transferred across the curriculum and beyond. Our writing sessions are based upon high quality texts and inspirational topics that seek to motivate and engage children in their learning - giving them the desire to write, and to write with passion!



‘The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!’ – Dr Zeus

We also believe that Reading is the skill that opens the door to confident writing, and to the rest of the curriculum;  to a world of knowledge! It gives children the confidence and ability to access information independently from a wide range of sources. It is our responsibility to lay down firm foundations in the crucial area of English, equipping children with confident skills in reading, writing and phonics, which will allow them to access all areas of the curriculum with success.

Reading and Writing


Our curriculum for both reading and writing is based upon high quality texts that aim to inspire and challenge learners. Reading and writing are skills that are developed and embedded in all areas of the curriculum, using a range of different genres, themes and topics to engage and motivate the children. We celebrate a love of all things literacy by taking part in themed days and weeks such as ‘Roald Dahl’ day and ‘World Book Day.’ Our ‘Reading Buddies’ scheme gives the older children the opportunity to support younger children in developing their reading skills, as well as being role models and sharing a love of reading.



Take a look at these links to practice your English skills at home:

KS1 BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/

KS2 BBChttp://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/

SPAG for 7 – 11’s - http://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/spelling-and-grammar

 

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Phonics

We are using the ‘Read, Write Inc’ phonics programme across the school to help children develop strong skills in decoding and blending in order to read both accurately and fluently. The children are taught to:

 

    • decode letter-sound correspondences quickly and effortlessly, using phonic knowledge and skills;
    • read common exception words on sight;
    • understand what they are reading;
    • read aloud with fluency and expression;
    • write confidently, with a strong focus upon vocabulary and grammar;
    • spell quickly and easily by segmenting the sounds in words;
    • acquire good handwriting.
       

For further information on the ‘Read, Write Inc’ phonics programme, take a look at their website and Facebook pages. They have lots of useful resources, links and videos to support your child’s understanding of phonics.

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Facebook https://www.facebook.com/miskin.education/
Websitehttp://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/

Have a look at these links to practice your phonics skills at home:

Phonics for 5 – 7’s -
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/letters-and-sounds
Phonics Play - http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ChildrensMenu.htm

 

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