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Communication and language lie at the heart of our capacity to imagine, think critically and creatively, problem solve, express thoughts and emotions, and make a crucial contribution to development as successful learners.

Secure and confident use in language opens up many possibilities. English skills, including reading, writing and speaking and listening, ensure everyone can succeed in life equally, and enthusiasm and enjoyment for reading and writing is generated. Our aim is to ensure our English provision enables mastery of all aspects of the language and a keen understanding of our literary heritage.

We teach the skills of reading and writing through a text-based approach with grammar and punctuation embedded within each unit. Each child has the opportunity to develop and apply these skills in a variety of contexts and to a range of tasks. English is not only taught through daily English lessons but across the curriculum. This may include: speaking and listening, drama, handwriting and poetry recitals. 

Children rapidly begin to read in our Reception class by following a phonics programme called 'Letters and Sounds' which is taught systematically and daily. The ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme is continued into Key Stage 1. All children engage in a weekly guided reading sessions where they develop their reading and comprehension skills in addition to developing a command of all aspects of the English language. We use a variety of reading schemes which are book banded. Children are regularly assessed to ensure that they are reading within the correct book band. All children participate in guided reading sessions with their class teacher at least once per week. Within Key Stage 2 spelling is taught discretely on a daily basis. 

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St Basil's Catholic Primary School
Hough Green Road, Hough Green, Widnes, WA8 4SZ


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