My name is Mrs Finney and I am the English lead at Saint Peter’s. I love English and my favourite thing to do is read a book and I have always loved writing. I love reading stories to my three children, my lovely Year 3 class and reading for my own pleasure.
I enjoyed English at school, and went on to achieve my GCSEs in English and an A-level in English Literature, from there going onto to complete my teaching degree with a specialism in English. At St. Peters I would love to make sure every child has the opportunity and support they need to flourish within the whole curriculum and have the true love of reading to last a lifetime and open any door.
Introduction to English at Saint Peter’s.
At Saint Peter’s we value everyone’s different experiences and we create a fully inclusive curriculum. We value English as the foundations to a secure education and being able to speak, write and read confidently in English open up many doors for our children. A secure foundation in English is a bedrock for life long learning.
At Saint Peter’s English is at the heart of all leaning which, in turn enables us to communicate with others effectively for a variety of different purposes. We truly believe that the ability to both speak and listen well is essential for children to articulate their feelings, opinions and ideas. Alongside this valuing the thoughts and views of others and treating each other with respect is a vital part of lifelong learning.
With this is mind it is our vision that every child who enters our school will learn to become a writer. We will do this by giving all the children exciting, inspiring and original materials and opportunities to support and challenge them. We will give them a wide and deep experience of a range of genres, text types and authors to help them develop their own creative and personal style. We truly believe this encouragement will enable them to become confident, capable, enthusiastic writers who will develop a genuine love of writing. They will use writing to express themselves and communicate with others, writing independently for a range of purposes.
At Saint Peter’s our vision for reading is that every child develops a true love of reading and this opens up a world of possibilities to them in order to support them to achieve their dreams and aspirations. Every child should be able to read and enjoy reading a rich variety of genres and authors. All of our staff aspire to be outstanding leaders and practitioners in reading – no child deserves anything less.
How do we teach English:
At Saint Peters we teach English in a variety of ways. Every day we have a separate SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) lesson or phonics lesson first thing in the morning. Following this we have a guided reading session, as a school we following the whole class guided reading approach, this enables all children to be actively involved and access exciting and engaging texts. During the morning we than have a separate English lesson and incorporate all the many skills of English, including, reading, writing, SPAG, speaking and listening. We also take every opportunity to develop and embed English skills across the curriculum and keep the high standards and high expectations in every subject.
We base our English curriculum around a key text in each year group which may last half a term or in some cases a whole term dependent upon the text. We have arranged the texts through the school based on the children’s interests, making sure we have a wide range of genres and authors so the children have a breadth of reading experience by the time they move onto the next stage of their journey at the end of year six. Children get the opportunities to learn and experiment about different writing genres and styles through high quality texts: fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Please use the following link to look at our whole school curriculum map for English, showing the text and the opportunities that will be explored through the text. English Whole School Curriculum Map 2021 2022
We directly teach SPAG every morning and incorporate this into all of our teaching. We know there is a lot of terminology within SPAG that has changed in recent years. To help we have made a parents guide to explain the terminology and give examples so you can continue to help and support your children. SPAG glossary – parent and child friendly.
English within school:
World Book Day –
At St. Peter’s we celebrated World Book WEEK – it was a fun filled week with lots of learning opportunities. Each class from Nursery to Year 6 chose a twisted fairy tale, we read it and enjoyed activities based on it throughout the week. Our work is going to be showcased in the corridor to show everyone what fabulous authors we are and we are so proud of what we have achieved.
We would like to say a huge thank you to WHSmith in Hanley who kindly exchanged our vouchers for books for each child across the school. What an exciting moment that was, to receive our very own book to take home!
WEST END THEATRE came to St. Peter’s!
We were lucky enough to have Jason from West End theatres visit us for the day and we brought books to life through dance and drama workshops. What an opportunity! We saw lot’s of little super stars in the making!
National Story telling week –
We love reading at St. Peter’s, we choose fiction and non-fiction books. National Storytelling Week is a week for celebrating storytelling and encouraging people to tell their own stories.
Storytelling helps people to feel close to each other and to become friends. Storytelling helps people to understand the things that happen in the world. We have had a fabulous afternoon and the teachers have read a story to a different class from another Key Stage. What a treat for the staff and pupils!
Take a look –
EYFS and KS1 –
Key Stage 2 –
During the week every class looked at the beautiful book called, Rain to Rainbows –
This book also linked to our mental well being, which is so important to us here. We ensure that everyone feels safe and happy so that we learn to the best of our ability.
No More Marking –
We were very proud of one of our Year 3 children who had his work chosen to be published in the No More Marking report. He was chosen because it was a great example of a space Story – well done!! All your St. Peter’s family are so proud of you. I wonder if we will be reading your books when you become an author?
Here is a glance at our beautiful school –
Nursery rhyme land Run Mr Gingerbread Man Improving our Vocabulary in EYFS
Theatre trip in EYFS Mastering our phonics in Year 1
Alternative stories in Year 2 Magical writing and poetry in Year 3
Magical myths in Year 4 Gigantic Greeks in Year 5 Tear jerking letters in Year 6
One of our key aims at Saint Peters is to develop children’s love for reading, to in-still in children the pure joy of opening a book and getting transported to a whole new world, developing their imaginations and helping to ignite the creativity that lies within us all. Within Saint Peter’s we are very lucky to have a school library and we have recently invested a lot of love and time into our library making sure we have a wide range of books for the children to enjoy. We are focusing on developing children’s breadth of reading by introducing them to new texts and new authors on a regular basis. Children have the opportunity to expand their breadth of reading by looking at our Saint Peter’s recommends wall. When children have finished a book or a particular author they can look at our wall for recommendations of new books and authors they may enjoy, this is also supported and encouraged by all members of our school family and resources in class.
Part of our wonderful library and our recommendation wall.
We celebrate our love for reading throughout the school.
Nursery Reception Year One
Year Two Year Three Year Four
Year Five Year Six
In all classes in school we promote reading for pleasure and each class shares a class book during the week. If you would like some recommendations for what books to read at home look at our reading for pleasure progression spine. We may look at some of these texts in class throughout the year. Reading for pleasure – progression spine If you can think of any books we should add to our progression spine, please let us know!
Calling all parents and carers, when we teach reading in school we talk about the different skills in reading, for examples inference, predictions and retrieval. If you would like some help in using the terminology with your children please use the links below to look at our reading posters. The children are very familiar with these as we use them in guided reading lessons.
Have a look at our posters below to help develop your breadth of reading……how many new books and authors can you read?
Please use the web links below to help support your children at home. Again if you find any good websites that you would like to recommend, please let us know and we will add them for all parents.
Key Stage One
Key Stage Two
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMhWKrdwzFr994ZhwqG4nlA Grammarsaurus – wonderful videos and links
Writing and other.