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.