Welcome to St. Barnabas C.E. Primary School

Statement of Intent

At St Barnabas we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We believe that the ability to read is fundamental to pupils’ development as independent learners, during their time at primary school and beyond. We consider reading to be a vital skill that can open up many exciting possibilities in a child’s life. Not only does reading enable them to understand, interpret and communicate with each other and the world around us; it also empowers them in following their interests and creating a positive future for themselves. We believe that success in reading has a direct effect upon progress in all areas of the curriculum; therefore reading is given a high priority at St Barnabas, enabling the children to become enthusiastic, independent and reflective readers across a wide range of literature, including different text types and genres, books, posters, and newspapers. With the changing world in mind, children are also encouraged to use a variety of online resources which encourage them to use their reading skills. 

We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. 

We want to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and who can use discussion to communicate and further their learning.
We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in English, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. We believe that a secure basis in English skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.

To support our phonics, reading and writing teaching we use the ‘Read Write Inc.’ scheme throughout our school. This is a rigorous and dynamic literacy programme where children will learn to blend letter sounds following a fun and effective progression. All the children are assessed and then placed into a phonics group at the appropriate level for them. At Key Stage 2 some children will take part in phonics catch up programmes.

We encourage parents and carers to be partners in helping to develop their children’s reading skills. Daily adult support is very important in encouraging and listening to children read and discussing their books with them. At Key Stage 1 children are heard read weekly and across the school home/school reading diaries are regularly monitored. Our main reading scheme is ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ but we also have a variety of reading schemes within our levelled book boxes. Children are encouraged to change their reading books daily.

At St Barnabas we also have a very well stocked library. Children are actively encouraged to visit the library any lunchtime and can borrow fiction and non–fiction books to read at home or support homework. In Reception classes children can borrow a bedtime story.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) is taught regularly either through the Read Write Inc. scheme or as part of daily English lessons.

We provide a whole range of reading and writing opportunities daily, including cross curricular links where possible. In these lessons we cover a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts. Grammar and punctuation are taught as specific lessons and as an integral part of developing reading and writing skills.

We offer support to parents and carers with ways to help with English at home. We hold meetings and workshops to discuss how we approach English in school and we highlight the targets your child will be working on during the term at our regular parents’ evenings.

CBeebies Bedtime Stories
Alphablocks
Initial Sounds
Oxford Owl
Phonics Pop
Starfall
Tricky Words
Teach Your Monster To Read

 

Please Note: Links on this page will open external web-sites. As we have no control over availability or content, although we do our best to check these links work and the content is appropriate for the age groups recommended, we cannot be responsible for these links. Please feel free to contact the school if you have any issues with the sites listed here.

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Spelling Games
Clickweb Literacy Games
Phonics & Literacy
Punctuation
Oxford Owl
Top Marks
Crickweb Literacy

Please Note: Links on this page will open external web-sites. As we have no control over availability or content, although we do our best to check these links work and the content is appropriate for the age groups recommended, we cannot be responsible for these links. Please feel free to contact the school if you have any issues with the sites listed here.

In addition, some links on this page require Flash Player to be installed. If you are accessing these sites using an iPad or other tablet, Flash may not be available and therefore the site may not work.

BBC Bitesize Writing
BBC Bitesize Grammar, punctuation and spelling
BBC Bitesize Reading and writing

 

Please Note: Links on this page will open external web-sites. As we have no control over availability or content, although we do our best to check these links work and the content is appropriate for the age groups recommended, we cannot be responsible for these links. Please feel free to contact the school if you have any issues with the sites listed here.

In addition, some links on this page require Flash Player to be installed. If you are accessing these sites using an iPad or other tablet, Flash may not be available and therefore the site may not work.

Click here to find out how we teach Phonics