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English

‘It is when times are hardest that we need the transformative magic of books and creativity the most’ 

Cressida Cowell

Reading

At St. Anne’s we encourage and teach our children to become fluent and accurate readers, who select texts for purpose and pleasure. Books and reading are at the heart of everything we do. Our bespoke, book-based curriculum is built upon quality picture books, novels and non-fiction texts which support children on the journey from reading to writing.

  • Throughout Key Stage 1 and 2,  we foster a love and enjoyment of reading through the sharing of high-quality anchor texts. All anchor texts are read by an adult to the children to remove any decoding impediments. All children in KS2 use a reading ruler or lolly-pop stick to follow the text as it is being read.
  • Please click the image below to see our ‘Anchor Text’ road map.
  • Please click the image below to see our ‘Recommended Reads’ road map.

  • Every class offers a daily DEAR (drop everything and read). This may be hearing priority readers 1:1 reading their own books, reading a high-quality class book or reading the relevant class ‘anchor text’. Reading fluency and decoding is addressed in KS2 through these sessions.
  • In KS1 explicit comprehension skills are taught through a weekly whole-class reading session using a RIC (retrieve, interpret, choice) approach and ‘book talk’. In KS1 fluency skills are taught a minimum of three times a week in adult supported small groups. In KS2 explicit comprehension skills are taught through 2 x weekly whole-class reading sessions using an ERIC (explain, retrieve, interpret, choice) approach and ‘book talk’.

 

Writing
Learning to write is a complex process that involves a variety of skills but is an extremely powerful medium.  It can last longer than the spoken word and can, and often has, been immortalised.  We encourage all our children to become “authors” in their own right. The focus for writing in KS1 is to entertain and inform. In lower KS2 another focus is added – to persuade. A further focus is added in upper KS2 – to discuss. Writing is taught through the use of WAGOLL (what a good one looks like) texts as a guide with a Talk for Writing approach, making explicit links with the spelling and grammar pertinent to the particular writing focus and subject. The links between reading and writing are made clear to the children in both reading and writing sessions.

SPaG
We aim for our pupils to become fluent and effective writers. Accurate use of grammar, punctuation and spelling (SPaG) is a means to that end. We use the National Curriculum 2014 as a basis for teaching Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling by introducing patterns or conventions and continually practising those already introduced. Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling strategies are taught explicitly in short interactive and investigative sessions which are directly linked to the writing focus. Pupils are encouraged to apply learnt strategies to their independent writing through the use of tool kits, checklists and steps to success.

Handwriting
We strive for our children to develop correct letter formations, joining and good handwriting habits so that they can write fluently and legibly, and in their own style, by the end of KS2.  Children are introduced to cursive style writing from Year 1 when they have mastered the art of correct letter formation. In KS1 we use handwriting to support the development of correct spelling and to aid in the elimination of letter reversals by the learning of word patterns and the correct joining of letters.In KS2 handwriting and SPaG are taught in tandem as consolidation and preparatory work towards the longer pieces of writing at the end of the teaching sequence.