English plays a very important part in the curriculum at St. Katherine's School. Reading, writing and speaking and listening is of high importance in order to enable children to access all areas of the curriculum and reach their full potential. English is taught on a daily basis and where ever possible linked to the Year Group topic. The love of English in all its elements is fostered and celebrated in our school. Lessons are thoughtfully planned to consider the needs of every pupil and are always visually exciting, stimulating and rich in multicultural input.
All staff are committed to inspiring children to become successful young writers. Children are taught to write for a wide range of purposes and styles. Teaching strategies, including drama and storytelling are used to promote and encourage excitement and interests in writing activities. Children's writing is valued and displayed so that it may be shared and enjoyed with others. Cursive handwriting is used throughout St. Katherine's from Nursery to Year 6. Every day, grammar, spelling and punctuation are taught in a range of progressive and meaningful activites within English lessons. Children follow the No Nonsense Spelling scheme in Key Stage 1 and 2 are required to learn words for weekly spelling tests.
Our attractive class and school libraries offer a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books to continue to foster an interest in reading. We encourage a love of books and teach children to read for pleasure and understanding. Patnerships with our parents are greatly valued to ensure that children share their learning of reading and enjoyment of books with their family. We encourage reading books to be taken home in all year groups. As they progress through the school specific reading skills are taught enabling them to become proficient readers in a wide range of genres. Book Weeks and other activities such as Boys Enjoy Reading Team (BERT) contribute to our commitment to valuing reading. In EYFS and KS1 we follow Letters and Sounds and use a multi-sensory approach to teach phonics.