At St Oswald's we  believe that English underpins and supports children’s access to the whole curriculum. It is therefore fundamental to the overall development of children. We aim to develop skills of literacy across all elements of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening and provide opportunities for these skills to be practised, reinforced and consolidated across a broad and balanced curriculum. The Key Skills of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening are outlined in the National Curriculum (2014)


The successful Read Write Inc Phonics Programme is used from Foundation Stage through KS1 and continued for children in KS2 still for individuals requiring further reinforcement.


Reading for pleasure is heavily emphasised throughout our school. Children have a variety of different types of books from which to choose at their appropriate reading level including poetry, information books, a wide range of fiction genres and graphic novels in addition to First News ( a newspaper written for children).

English is taught through  Quality Text Based Units linking reading, writing and grammar.

In Years 4 and 5, the children are using the Accelerated Reader programme which is designed to engage children with texts and tests their comprehension and understanding via online quizzes.


We use a consistent approach to the teaching of spelling. Each class from Year 1- 6 uses the Babcock Spelling programme based on the National Curriculum 2014. Children have access to dictionaries, word banks and working walls to asist them with spelling in independent work. Spellings are taught and sent home to learn weekly as part of homework.


Writing is taught using text based units using a clear reading to writing processes incorporating the teaching of grammar in context. A range of exciting stimuli are used to engage and encourage children to become competent writers across the curriculum.  Through shared, modelled and guided writing the children develop the skills to become independent and confident writing for a range of audiences and purposes. Extended writing activites, giving children the opportunity to write independently, are planned weekly and the children have the opportunity to discuss their writing at home prior to the task during set 'Talk Homework'.

Spoken Language

Standard English is modelled by all staff at all times and children are taught the impotance of informal and formal language and the use of the appropriate register in different situations. Vocabulary is constantly developed and explored with children and they are encouraged to experiment with different words for different effects in spoken and written language, Through reading, the children develop language and are encoiraged to use new vocabulary correctly in contexts.

Throughout the year, children are given a wide range of opportunities to develop spoken language in presentation form for audiences whether in class presenting work;reading from the Bible in church or performing in a  production or lass assembly.


A joined cursive handwriting style is used consistently from Year 3 however the teaching of the joins begins in Year 1. By the end of Year 2 most children are using a joined, cursive handwriting style which continues to be taught in lower Key Stage 2 daily linked with spelling.





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