At St. Augustine's, our English curriculum is not only taught as a specific subject but also permeates through all other subjects to ensure our children are using and applying skills across a wide range of subjects. We ensure a high-quality education in English so our children will leave us 'secondary ready' with skills that allow them to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.
We are very passionate about reading in particular, ensuring our children grow to have a love of books and literature and encourage skills to allow pupils to acquire their own knowledge and lead their own learning. Classrooms are equipped with texts and genres to excite and inspire with families actively encouraged to share in our love of reading and support and foster this in their children too.
The National Curriculum has some overarching aims for English to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written and spoken word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. In line with the National Curriculum, St Augustine's aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Read easily, fluently and with good understanding.
- 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.
- 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; 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.
During this period of home-schooling, please see below for links and downloads to support children and families with English content, appropriate for age and stage. If your child is working either below or above their chronological age, please do look at the age groups either side of their class year group to support or stretch their learning. Where possible, links have been made to the topic themes for the Summer Term.
Spelling, Phonics, Grammar and Reading Support
Click on the document to find spelling rules and word lists for Years 1-6. 'Statutory' means the children should know how to spell the words for their age and stage as well as those that come before their current year group. Additionally, children should know the definition of the words too. Perhaps they could make their own dictionary with the words from their age and stage, siblings could test each other or a game of 'Hangman' always goes down well in the classrooms at St Augustine's!
Pupils can access Accelerated Reader, to quiz on their books, from home by clicking the link below:
Additionally, the following link will take pupils to an online library of which around 850 books are also part of the Accelerated Reader quizzing portfolio.
Please download reading comprehensions for your children. There are a range of texts with questions to answer. For our KS1 children, the comprehensions are designed to improve their fluency so please read the short guidance on '60 seconds comprehension' so you can engage with this great resource. They do not need to be printed, accessed easily from a screen. We will shortly be adding a link for E-books so please check back later in the week.
Please click on the links for spelling support and interactive games. The Key Stages are just a guide, so feel free to dip in to the most suitable resource for your children:
Writing and Handwriting
Writing and handwriting are central to the curriculum across all ages and stages. Below, you will find some resources and links to help and hopefully inspire some creative writing. Each year group has access to;
- x 2 videos to inspire writing
- 'Resources' which can be used in any way to support the children when creating their written pieces.
- 'How To Use The Resources' which are a sequence of 'lessons' and a guide on how the resources could be utilised.
Ultimately, any writing effort is great, so please do use the following resources to make your home-schooling enjoyable and interesting in which ever way you choose.
The first link is to our school handwriting scheme and there are video tutorials too.