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English 5

Intent

English and the teaching of English is the foundation of our curriculum. Our intent is to ensure every single child becomes primary literate and progresses in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. 

English at St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School is not only daily discrete lessons, but is embedded within all our lessons and we strive for a high level of English for all. Through using high-quality texts, immersing children in vocabulary rich learning environments and ensuring new curriculum expectations and the progression of skills are met, the children at St. Peter’s are exposed to a language heavy, creative and continuous English curriculum which will not only enable them to become primary literate but will also develop a love of reading, creative writing and purposeful speaking and listening.

We aim for our pupils to acquire a wide vocabulary, a solid understanding of grammar and punctuation, and be able to spell new words by effectively applying the spelling patterns and rules they have learnt throughout their time, beginning with phonics, in primary school. From Foundation Stage, children are immersed in rich language, are taught how to write cursively and understand the importance of presentation as we want them to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.

Pathways to Write

At St. Peter's we follow the writing scheme 'Pathways to Write' from Foundation Stage all the way to Year 6.

Pathways is a brand-new methodology designed to equip pupils with key skills to move them through the writing process towards their final outcome. It is built around units of work that follow a mastery approach to the teaching of writing.

To support this approach, clear detailed lesson plans and resources are linked to a high-quality text. Pathways to Write ensures engaging and purposeful English lessons. The units can be used thematically to encourage a whole school approach to writing with the opportunity for topics to link across all year groups.

Each unit covers a range of areas in the national curriculum:

  • Mastery of vocabulary, grammar and punctuation skills
  • Writing a range of genres across a year
  • Vocabulary development
  • Using a wider range of reading comprehension strategies as a whole class
  • Spoken language activities including drama and presentations
  • Opportunities for practising previously taught genres
  • An extended, independent piece of writing

This process follows three stages:

The Gateway (1-2 lessons)

  • Begin at the Gateway with a ‘hook’ session to intrigue and enthuse young writers
  • Use objects, people, images or role-play to stimulate questions about the chosen text
  • Give pupils the opportunity to predict the text
  • Establish the purpose and audience of the writing
  • Revisit previous mastery skills and ongoing skills

The Pathway (10 lessons)

  • Introduce pupils to three new writing skills from their year group curriculum
  • Provide opportunities to practise and apply the skill they have learnt through short and extended writing tasks including character descriptions, poetry, dialogue between characters, fact files or diary entries in role
  • Provide opportunities to re-cap and apply previously taught skills
  • Challenge greater depth writers through a wider range of tasks e.g. changes to form, viewpoint and audience

Writeaway (4 lessons)

  • Section and sequence texts independently or collaboratively
  • Create extended pieces of writing over time
  • Opportunity to apply mastery skills
  • Time for planning, writing, checking, editing, redrafting and publishing
  • A fiction or non-fiction outcome will be written (covering a wide range of genres and themes over the year)

English Vocabulary - Pathways to Write

Writing in EYFS

Our Early Years Foundation Stage follow Development Matters in English. Literacy is split into Reading and Writing. Please see our Reading page for the EYFS Development Matters document related to Reading. EYFS also follow the Pathways to Write scheme.

It is important that your child uses the correct pencil grip when developing their writing skill. This will help the with the correct letter formation, their cursive handwriting and their presentaion. Please watch the video linked below for more information.

Writing

Grammar and Punctuation Overview

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