St. Leonard's Catholic Primary School

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English Curriculum

At St Leonard’s, we use the Primary Literacy Programme approach to Reading and Writing, which itself is based around Talk for Writing. It is grounded in the processes of shared writing with a strong and systematic focus on securing the basics of handwriting, phonics/spelling and grammar in relation to what is needed for progress and the text type being taught. It is also founded on the principle that schools should increase the amount children read/are read to and establishing a very strong ‘literature spine’ which identifies key stories, picture books, poems and non-fiction which will be read and drawn upon and referred to when teaching writing.

English Curriculum Overview Year 1

English Curriculum Overview Year 2

English Curriculum Overview Year 3

English Curriculum Overview Year 4

English Curriculum Overview Year 5

English Curriculum Overview Year 6

Alongside this, pupils are given a spine of quality reading books that we aim to read to them over the 2-year cycle. The table of books is available to view on our school website in the English section.

Pupils from Year 2 also take part in the Accelerated Reader sessions on a daily basis. This is a computer-based reading programme that assess pupil reading ages and matches pupils accurately to physical books that support and challenge progress in reading. Half termly tests show clear, rapid progress over time.