English at Christ Church
At Christ Church, the high quality teaching of English is a key priority and we believe that teaching children not only to read and write successfully, but to enjoy the journey, is key to enable them to reach their full potential. We aim to develop a life long love of reading and writing through good quality texts that leads to a love of English literature and language.
Writing at Christ Church
Christ Church Primary School is using The Literary Curriculum as our whole-school English strategy.
At Christ Church we want to make sure that our expectations are high and that we have good progression in writing skills across the school. Through this approach children develop the skills to become fluent, creative writers with the ability to write coherently for a range of purposes and different audiences.
Click here to view our overview of literary themes and texts
The National Curriculum Programmes of Study
By placing books at the core, we are allowing teachers to use the text as the context for the requirements of the National Curriculum. Writing opportunities are meaningful and the audience is clear. Books offer this opportunity: our final aim would be that that children have real reasons to write, whether to explain, persuade, inform or instruct and that where possible, this can be embedded within text or linked to a curriculum topic.
The programmes of study for writing at Key Stages 1 and 2 consist of
- transcription (spelling and handwriting)
- composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).
Writing has a high profile at Christ Church. In order to make good progression in writing, children need to:
- Enjoy writing and recognise its value,
- Write with confidence, clarity and imagination,
- Write grammatically correct sentences that are punctuated accurately,
- Understand the features of and how to write in a range of genres and non-fiction texts,
- Plan, draft, revise and edit their own writing,
- Develop an adventurous and broad vocabulary,
- Know their next steps and how they can make their writing better,
- Develop fine motor skills to ensure consistent mark making with increasing dexterity, to produce recognisable letters, developing into a continuous cursive style of handwriting,
- Use phonological knowledge and spelling rules to spell accurately.
Spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation
There are two statutory appendices in the New Curriculum on Spelling and on Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation. Spellings are taught weekly using Literary Leaves meaning spellings are meaningful and can be used in context during the current book sequence. These spellings are sent home weekly for them to learn at home. Grammar and punctuation is taught as part of the English lesson. Grammar and Punctuation is taught through writing and reading sessions. The Literary Curriculum embeds phonics, spelling and grammar throughout their book sequences to allow children to cover the full curriculum whilst also using these skills purposefully and in context.
Click here to view the National Curriculum Spelling Appendix Years 1-6
Click here to view the National Curriculum Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation Appendix Years 1-6
Reading at Christ Church
Key Stage One
Reading in Key Stage One is closely linked to and overlaps with our phonics provision. Children have timetabled reading slots daily which allows children to enjoy reading for pleasure. Children are exposed to a range of books including banded books, non-fiction books relating to their current topic and picture books.
Key Stage Two
Pupils are given excellent opportunities to improve their reading skills, such as inference and comprehension by talking and coming to judgements both as a class or independently, through taught sessions. As well as this, pupils also have opportunities each week to read aloud at school and are expected to take their reading journals home so that they can read to an adult.
But a love of books and learning at Christ Church goes beyond just learning to read and write and we would encourage the children, staff and parents to also read for pleasure at home too. We are working alongside Lovereading4schools and you can also join the website by using the following link:
Here you will find the recommended reading spine for each year group, plus a list of books recommended by the lovereading4schools editorial experts
The link will take you to a login page:
Click Sign Up Now
Scroll down and select For Parents
Then, Register Now
It will take just a few moments to sign up and find our school.
Find Christ Church C of E Primary SE18 3RS and then click on Follow
Enter the page password: automatic478
Then search to your heart’s content for books to inspire that lifelong love of reading for your children.
If you don’t have access to a computer, let us know which list you would like and we’d be happy to print it out for you.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
The Book Trust
The Book Trust is an excellent site with lots of tips on effective strategies to use when reading with children. They also do excellent book lists.
Click here to reach their website
Red Ted at Christ Church
Hi! My name is ‘Red Ted’ and I am a very special bear.
Did you know that once a month the teachers at Christ Church award me to a class member who has worked really hard to either improve their reading, read regularly and fill in the Reading Record or have taken on more challenging books.
I am given out at Family Collective Worship and it is always a very a very proud moment – so from Reception, all the way to Year 6 you have the opportunity to give me a home.
Maybe I will be coming home with you soon, so keep reading!