English has a pre-eminent place in education and society. It is a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding language provides access to the whole curriculum. Through being taught to write and speak fluently, pupils learn to communicate their ideas and emotions to others; through their reading and their listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, spiritually and socially. Literature, especially, plays a role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.’ National Curriculum 2014
At St Cross we have high aspirations for our children and it is our aim that every child at the school will at least reach age related expectations and leave the school as a confident and conscientious learner in Year Six.
We have embraced the changes in the New Curriculum across all year groups ensuring that the children are taught the fundamental skills required of them in later life through engaging and inspiring units of study.
We ensure that our lessons cover each of the following areas:
Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation
We are very dedicated to raising the profile of English and the list below gives an overview of some of the additional activities and resources we have offered the children in the last year.
- Updated Library environment and library cataloguing system
- Poetry competitions
- Poetry Week
- Book Week
- Story writing competitions
- Reading competitions
- Library visits
- Storyteller visits
- Author visits
- Slam Poet visits
- After school drama activities
- School trip to see an Opera
- Scholastic Book Fairs
If you would like to find out more about the expectations and curriculum content for each year group then please use the link below. You will also find a recommended reading list which we encourage you to use to support your child’s learning at home.