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English Intent

At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, we provide all children with access to a broad and balanced English curriculum which is interesting, engaging and delivers a range of differentiated learning opportunities and challenges, which will develop a life-long love of learning. We recognise children’s prior learning, encourage the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers. Children are supported to achieve their potential and progress with confidence to the next phase of their education.

We provide a rigorous and well-organised English curriculum that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion. We believe that children need to develop a secure technical knowledge-base in English, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance. We know that a secure basis in literacy skills is crucial to a high-quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.

Phonics is taught across YR, Y1 and, where required, Y2 each morning using the Letters and Sounds scheme. Letters and Sounds begins with fun activities that support the development of sound discrimination, rhyme and recalling and repeating sounds. The scheme is organized into 5 Phases and each class teaches the relevant elements according to need, rather than age. By the end of Phase 5 a pupil is ready to pass the national Phonic Screening. Reading is a major focus within St Joseph’s, and books are sent home from as early as YR. Alongside phonics, children are taught the High Frequency Words and the Common Exception Words that are not decodable.

Within KS2, the teaching of reading and spelling develops using schemes such as Clued Spelling, structured guided reading activities, whole class text studies and targeted interventions. We are fortunate to have well-trained volunteers who provide our children with extra support with reading progress within both Key Stages. Children have access to a wide range of contemporary and classical texts within well-stocked libraries at school, and are encouraged to bring in their own ability-appropriate books from home to stimulate interest in reading.
During Key Stage 2, children use a wide range of resources to ensure that they are able to:

  • 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, make formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate

As a result, we have a community of enthusiastic readers and writers who enjoy showcasing their developing literacy knowledge and skills. They are confident to take risks in their reading and writing, and love to discuss and share their ideas.

Long Term Plan

Our Mission and Values

“Through the love of Jesus we can navigate life’s journey”“Living out our 5 school values: Belonging, Caring, Enjoying, Respect, Teamwork”

Belonging

Caring

Enjoying

Respect

Teamwork

We are members of many families and our school has strong links with the parish and the local community.

We care for God’s world and we appreciate its beauty and each other.

Create life long memories in a nurturing safe environment.

We are open to the opinions of others and celebrate our differences.

Working together with parents and agencies to achieve our best.

Read Our Mission and Values

Trust Information

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Joseph's Catholic Primary School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.

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