English, communication and languages lie at the heart of our capacity to imagine, think and create and make a crucial contribution to children's development as successful learners. Their developing use of language underpins children's achievement across the curriculum and lays the foundations for active involvement in cultural life, society, work and lifelong learning.
English is a major world language and its secure and confident use opens up many possibilities. Learning and using languages enables children to engage with different cultures and societies and further develops their understanding of how languages work.
Literature in English is rich, varied and influential. It helps children to develop their imagination, see the world through the eyes of others and read and write for pleasure.
Children learn to communicate effectively in a range of media. They become increasingly fluent and accurate in expressing their thoughts and emotions, orally and in writing. They become more skilled in generating ideas, solving problems and thinking critically and creatively.
Creating and responding to all kinds of texts, including those which combine words, images and sounds, offers access to the world of knowledge and imagination and generates lasting enthusiasm and enjoyment.
We follow the National Curriculum for English. St Peter's is one of 34 English Hubs across the country and we are proud to have teachers who are experts in the teaching of reading.
At St Peter's we use Letters and Sounds as the basis for the planning of our high quality, systematic phonics programme. We begin teaching phonics in the first term of Reception and children make rapid progress in their reading journey.
At St Peter's we promote a 'phonics first' approach to reading and we use the Collins Big Cat reading scheme in our guided reading sessions at school. For home reading, children read books from the Bug Club phonetically decodable reading scheme so that they can practise, and apply, reading skills that have been taught at school. Books are very closely matched to a child's current phonics phase so that each child can achieve success in their reading.
As children progress beyond phase 5 phonics, they move onto our coloured book band scheme so that they can continue to progress in their decoding, fluency and comprehension skills and become avid, expert readers. Please see below for an introduction to how we teach reading.