Literacy is a key skill that is essential for every other part of the curriculum. We aim to provide every child with the skills to communicate effectively in speech and writing. The children are inspired to develop a love of literature.
All of this is done with our three core Christian Values at the heart of everything: courage, compassion and wisdom. Courage never to give up and to persevere even when the learning is challenging; compassion to help create a shared understanding of how to treat each other both inside and outside of the classroom and to appreciate that we all learn in different ways and at different paces; and wisdom to learn from our successes and our mistakes to help us make even wiser choices the next time.
At St John’s Walham Green, we aim to create a community of readers with the skills to become independent readers, thinkers, and learners both inside and outside the classroom. We aim to inspire children with a lifelong love of books and reading, because we understand the central importance of literacy to children’s holistic wellbeing and academic success. Our curriculum aims to deliver an equal balance between teaching reading skills and reading strategies in line with the National Curriculum, with the ultimate goal of children gaining increasingly complex comprehension of a text.
In developing reading for comprehension, our curriculum seeks to expose children to a range of form and genre through high-quality texts that broaden children’s reading experiences, help them to develop opinions and tastes, and encourage them to be reflective about their own reading habits. In this way, we aim to create a culture of reading that inspires, motivates and equips children as they move on to the next stage of their education and beyond.
We understand that there is a direct link between reading for pleasure and attainment, and therefore aim to provide a breadth of inclusive enrichment opportunities to appeal to a diverse range of readers, interests and backgrounds, including children with SEND, EAL and PP.
Children from Reception up have a reading pack, which supports their reading development. This pack includes a reading book from our reading scheme, ‘Oxford Reading Tree,’ and their reading record. This record is continued through school to enable communication between the class teacher and the adults at home about the books the children have read, and a comment about their reading and the aspects on which they are working. From Year 3 upwards children are encouraged to record their own comments in their reading records, giving responses about what they have read.
As a school we understand how important it is to have parents / carers working alongside us to support children’s learning. In order to promote this we run a series of workshops in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 throughout the course of the year to communicate ways to support children’s development in reading and phonics.
At St John’s Walham Green we aim to provide our children with a high-quality education in writing that will develop their ability to write with fluency and to master the mechanics of writing, therefore equipping them with fundamental skills, imperative in their continued education and life beyond. As an integral part of our curriculum, we intend to contribute to the development of children as thinkers and learners, instilling a love of and true interest in writing.
The National Curriculum summarises two dimensions in which it believes children should be competent: transcription and composition. All pupils, from Early Years to Year 6, are given many opportunities to develop their skill and knowledge equally, creatively and imaginatively, both inside and outside of the classroom. These opportunities include writing for purpose, and across diverse and authentic audiences. It is our intention that the curriculum is inclusive and accessible to all groups of children in our school.