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 At St John’s, we believe that the skills in English: reading, writing and speaking and listening; provide the foundations for pupils' achievement throughout the whole curriculum and all other areas of learning for now and the future.  English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects. 

 English is a core subject of the National Curriculum, with reading, writing and speaking and listening being taught and practised in a range of situations and across all subjects. Through a range of situations, we believe that pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. All the skills of the language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.

 The overarching aim for English at St John’s is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

 At St John’s, the teaching and learning of English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Read, write and communicate orally with confidence, fluency and understanding adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • Have an interest and love of books and literature; whilst practising reading for enjoyment
  • Develop and foster a love of words, phrases and sayings, develop their meanings; and use a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms
  • Discuss reading and writing comprehensively: expressing opinions; explaining techniques and justifying preferences; about a wide range of literature, using appropriate vocabulary
  • Understand a range of text types and genres; develop knowledge to appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage; read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

 

Technology plays a vital role in the way we learn and communicate today and we believe that it should be integral to the teaching and learning of English. We want children to understand how digital media work and to use these to express themselves in language learning. The use of visual resources is embedded in our approach to teaching and learning. It is one of the ways we support our children’s English development and access to the curriculum. We also live in an increasingly visual world. Our children are given the opportunity to develop their visual literacy through analysing a wide range of moving image texts, for example, television, film, and multimedia.

At St John’s, we believe that the skills in English: reading, writing and speaking and listening; provide the foundations for pupils' achievement throughout the whole curriculum and all other areas of learning for now and the future.  English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.

 English is a core subject of the National Curriculum, with reading, writing and speaking and listening being taught and practised in a range of situations and across all subjects. Through a range of situations, we believe that pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. All the skills of the language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.