A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to read, write and speak fluently. A range of carefully selected literature plays a key role in such development at St George’s. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. Our curriculum must ensure high quality language acquisition for children. Mastering our use of language is essential to participating fully as a member of society and accessing the full curriculum.
- Being a reader at St George’s means; developing a love of books and becoming a fluent reader. Through reading, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.
- Being a writer at St George’s means; being able to write fluently and legibly, with accurate spelling and grammar, so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others. Pupils are encouraged to write creatively and to improve their ideas through proofreading and re-drafting.
- Being a speaker at St George’s means; being able to listen to others and speak fluently so that they can communicate effectively and develop their oracy skills for their future life.
Essential Key Skills
● Read easily, fluently and with good understanding. Children must master phonics and early reading.
● Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
● Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
● Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.
● Master use of graphemes and taught spelling conventions to spell words accurately.
● Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
● Use discussion in order to learn. Our children 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.