Speaking and Listening

Throughout the school opportunities to develop pupil’s spoken language in a range of contexts underpins the development of reading and writing. Pupils are encouraged to speak clearly, confidently and with expression in order to communicate their ideas and feelings. They are taught to understand and use the conventions for discussion and debate.

Pupils develop their ability to explain their understanding of books and other reading, and to prepare their ideas before they write.  They are encouraged to discuss their ideas in order to make sense of their learning. Teaching Sequences follow the Read to Write Model.

Reading is a fundamental part of everything we do at St Joseph’s. Children are exposed to high quality texts across the curriculum and reading skills are taught explicitly in all year groups. Alongside the skills of decoding and comprehension, book talk encourages children to think as a reader and discuss their preferences, likes and dislikes. Reading for pleasure is a cornerstone of our approach. The high profile of reading in school is further enhanced by the use of the Accelerated Reading platform which has significantly changed the culture of reading for our children. The children are motivated and keen to read. In KS1 and Foundation, the teaching of reading is supported by Read, Write Inc. a phonics programme which is having a significant impact upon the progress of our children.

Writing is taught through our Read to Write units. We strive to equip children to develop a rich vocabulary which can help them bring their writing to life. Basic skills and non-negotiables underpin writing in all areas of the curriculum. Children are encouraged to ensure that all writing, in every subject, matches the standard of writing in their English books.

Teachers model the writing process and demonstrate the ambitious high standards expected of all children. Every child is encouraged to let their imagination and personality shine through in their writing. We impress upon the children that good readers make good writers and therefore the teaching of reading goes hand in hand with the teaching of writing.