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At Adlington St Paul's Primary School we follow Ruth Miskin's Read Write Inc and Language and Literacy Programme. Please find additional information and helpful videos below. If you have any questions about our English curriculum or how you can help your child at home, please contact our English lead Mrs J Chidgey.

Intent

Our curriculum here at St. Paul’s is driven by our vision and values.

Learning Together Following Jesus

Christian values are the heartbeat of our school. Seeking to be respectful, responsible, and empowering global citizens, we follow the words of St Paul, 'Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart.' In this context, rejoicing in Jesus' love and compassion for all, we pursue excellence as we celebrate everyone's uniqueness in a broad, rich and balanced curriculum.

At Adlington St. Paul’s, our English curriculum is ambitious for all and provides the foundations for developing our children’s passion for reading writing and discussion. Our curriculum is designed to develop a secure knowledge base in English, which follows a clear pathway of progression and closely follows the aims of the National Curriculum. We strive to enable the children to:

  • develop phonological knowledge to be able to read and spell a wide range of words accurately.
  • develop understanding of the importance of interesting and technical vocabulary choices by providing a language rich education in English and across all areas of the curriculum.
  • become equipped with the knowledge required to structure different types of sentences correctly and include the organisational features necessary to produce high quality writing in a range of genre.

Our school’s English curriculum begins in reception and is built upon throughout the school up until year 6. The curriculum is planned to build the children’s phonic knowledge, reading accuracy, reading fluency and comprehension of text which then directly impacts on the children’s spelling competency, sentence structure and organisation of text to create high quality pieces of writing across a wide range of genres.

We intend to motivate, inspire and engage learners with a bespoke curriculum tailored to meet the needs of our children in order to develop the knowledge, skills and vocabulary that will equip our children for the future. We want our children to foster an appreciation of literature and a habit of reading widely and often. We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. We want to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and to use discussion to communicate and further their learning. The curriculum is sequenced so that the pupils are able to continually embed prior knowledge while developing the set of skills and understanding needed in order to make good progress based upon their individual starting points.

Our aim is for all learners to make effective progress within the English curriculum so they are competent at reading, writing, speaking and listening and they can apply their knowledge and skills to aid their learning in all other areas of the curriculum. We believe this 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.

Implementation

At St. Paul’s we implement a sequenced and progressive English curriculum inclusive for all learners from Reception to Year 6, through the implementation of Read Write Inc and Language and Literacy schemes. Teachers adapt the RWI and L&L Schemes, to directly meet the needs of the children in their class ensuring the content, presentation and tasks are differentiated as needed to ensure everyone can access the learning presented in lessons. We regularly review the English provision offered in school to ensure it addresses any gaps in pupil’s learning that may be revealed through the use of regular formative and summative assessment. Teachers of L&L also ensure that cross curricular links with concurrent topic work are woven into the programme of study to make reading, writing and discussion opportunities meaningful within a range of contexts. By doing this we have ensured that we have a rigorous and well organised English curriculum that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion.

Children develop early reading skills and strategies through the use of the RWI programme from Reception – Year 2, and into KS2 if needed to meet the needs of some children. Teachers continue to promote a love of reading through high quality daily story time sessions, as well as reading opportunities through our Cornerstones Topics and Religious Education lessons. All children are assessed as they start in Reception or any other year group and then again each half term (or more regularly if required). This assessment data is then used to stream the children accessing the RWI scheme so they are able to work at a level that directly matches their phonic knowledge and reading ability. To offer further support to children who need it, we provide additional daily 1:1 reading coaching following the RWI programme, which is a bespoke programme tailored to individual needs of each child based on their individual assessments. This additional support could be in the form of Virtual Classroom sessions from RWI depending on their individual requirements. All children in Reception and KS1 are currently accessing an additional daily phonics speed sound session in order to aid our Covid Catch up.  We support our lowest progress readers, SEN, PPG and frequent non-readers at home, by providing regular opportunities for them to read their home reading books to an adult in school.

Once the children are ready to move on from the RWI programme they are taught through comprehension modules, which aid the transition from RWI to L&L programme, providing a language rich balance of reading and writing opportunities linked to a specific text. This strong foundation in reading is further built on through the use of the L&L programme from Year 2 –Year 6. The units of work for each half term are developed around a number of high quality language rich texts and are linked to our Cornerstones topics to encourage wider reading opportunities, and cross curricular writing. This provides children with regular opportunities to apply their developing understanding of a range of genres in relevant contexts. We use class novels daily throughout Key Stage 2 to continue to develop the children’s love of reading.

To further develop curriculum links between home and school:

  • Reading workshops are held annually for parents in KS1 and parents in KS2 which explains the importance of reading at home and how parents can support their child and help to develop their reading skills.
  • An introduction to RWI and phonics workshop is held or the parents of our new starters in Reception class so they understand the strategies used in school which will help them to consolidate their children’s development at home.
  • Later in the year phonics screening and KS1 and KS2 SATs meetings are held to make parents aware of how they can support their child in the run up to these assessment points and what they entail.
  • Weekly home reading opportunities are provided for all children. In Reception (when the children are ready)and KS1 and KS2 children will have:
    • a levelled reading book (Read Write Inc book bag book)
    • A class library book they have chosen for themselves (this may not be at their level)

In addition to this children accessing the RWI programme will also have:

    • An individual login to Oxford Owl ( so they can access the levelled reading book they are working on in school for further practise at home and a short reading quiz to develop their comprehension skills)
    • Links to RWI Virtual Classroom so the children can watch additional speed sound sessions to consolidate their phonic knowledge being taught in school (these links will be assigned weekly on Dojo).
  • Regular reading is promoted through our 100 club competition which runs throughout the year.
  • In addition, ‘Pick and Mix’ projects are sent home, which promote topic based reading and writing activities and tasks outside of school. These are then brought into school and celebrated by adults and children.

We also provide a range of enrichment opportunities, such as taking part in National Poetry Day, World Book Day, Termly reading challenges, creating presentations and collective worships to be shared across school and the local community, internal and external annual reading and/or writing competitions as well as annual Reading Quests set by our local library. Trips and visitors to school are also encouraged to enrich and enhance the English learning at Adlington St. Paul’s.

Our curriculum is delivered through highly effective ‘quality first teaching’. It promotes children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development, ensuring that they are reflective and responsible citizens. Fundamental British Values are actively promoted in order to prepare the children for life in Modern Britain.

Impact

Our well-planned English curriculum ensures that children are given essential knowledge, skills and understanding to develop their reading, writing and discussion skills. Children achieve well and enjoy their learning at Adlington St. Paul’s, they aspire to be the best that they can be, building perseverance and resilience and show that they know more and remember more. As a result, we have a community of children who are becoming enthusiastic readers and writers and are developing more confidence to showcase their improving literacy knowledge and skills. They are increasingly confident to take risks in their reading and writing and are keen to discuss and share their ideas.

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