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In Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, books are organised into coloured book bands and decodable books are matched to our phonics programme. Pearson Phonics Bug Club is the main reading scheme used and there are also on-line Bug Club books available for the children to read at home.

In Key Stage 2, children choose a book from their class core book list which is listed separately.

Children are encouraged to use punctuation in the text to help them read with understanding, expression and intonation. They practise retelling stories, sequencing and predicting events and talking about the characters. As children get older, they are given opportunities to express their own preferences and opinions showing a deeper understanding of text. They are taught to make inferences, show empathy for characters and answer questions by referring to specific parts of a text.

In Early Years Foundation Stage and Year 1 phonics lessons are supported by the Phonics Bug scheme. Phonics is taught through a highly structured programme of daily lessons using a variety of activities with a focus on developing segmenting and blending skills.

In year 2 and throughout Key Stage 2 children follow the No Nonsense Spelling Programme where they receive regular lessons to teach spelling conventions, patterns and rules. Pupils are also taught a range of strategies for learning their spellings and this enables them to choose the strategies they find most effective for learning different words.

At Saint Joseph’s we use the cursive handwriting script. Children are taught from the Early Years to write their letters in the pre-cursive style and as they become older children are taught to join their handwriting.

Grammar and Punctuation
Grammar is taught, practised and applied on a daily basis throughout Key Stage 1 and 2. The Pathways to Write programme supports teaching within the classroom and new learning is introduced and consolidated within the context of the text.

Text structure, composition and effect
In the Early Years, children use role play and other contexts to write for real purposes in the classroom and outdoor area. In Key Stage 1 and 2, children use talk and drama to share, plan and explain their ideas and understanding. High quality text and real experiences, such as trips, are used to inspire writing. Children explore texts to learn about the features of different genres and collect vocabulary. Writing is modelled by the teacher and children talk about what makes their writing successful. Pupils are encouraged to discuss and improve their writing and take responsibility for the editing process in order to take pride in their work and produce good quality final drafts. Writing is often published and celebrated, through sharing it with other classes and audiences and through display.

Please click here for details of the National Curriculum for English which we adhere to.

Please click here to see the list of Core reading books for KS2

Please see below a long term plan of English provision at St Joseph's.