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At St. Peter's all aspects of English are essential to our children's learning. 
 
Reading:  We aim to foster a love of reading at St Peter's and our young learners are taken on a journey to increase their fluency and reading miles, through a broad approach to reading opportunities. We deliver the curriculum through Whole Class Reading(WCR) sessions, using VIPERS (Vocabulary, Inference, Predict, Explain, Retrieve, Summary) as a vehicle for moving thorough the domains and approaches taken from Reading Reconsidered. Throughout the day, readers will have had an opportunity to be read to, read with and heard read.
We have a well-equipped library, which has been digitally upgraded to use Accelerated Reader to support the appropriacy of book choices for the children, and provide challenges for the children to complete. Accelerated Reader (AR) is a reading management and monitoring programme that aims to foster independent reading. The internet-based software assesses reading age, and suggests books that match pupils’ needs and interests. Pupils take computerised quizzes on the books and earn AR points as they progress. Recently, we have incorporated MyOn, the online text version of AR, to ensure every reader can access quality texts, anywhere, anytime. Brilliantly, this can all be tracked and supported remotely. This resource is also used to support reading across the whole curriculum. 
We know that the more we read, the more we'll know and the better our understanding of the world will become. So, the texts we choose to drive the learning are carefully considered and linked to our writing curriculum outcomes; support the topics being taught outside of the lessons and aim to build schemata throughout our learning journeys. 
Please take a look at the document below for more information about how our reading is mapped out. 
 
Speaking and Listening: We ensure that all children have opportunities for speaking and listening in the classroom, in all lessons; in class assemblies; church services; and end of term plays. 
 
Writing: Writing for a clear purpose is at the heart of our writing curriculum. Each young writer is taught the grammar and text type conventions to best deliver a high impact piece of writing. They are supported through a journey from an experience or 'hook', into What A Good One Looks Like (WAGOLL), so it is clear what is expected. This is taken through to careful modelling and scaffolding, finally publishing an end piece they are proud of.
We have high expectations for presentation and the final piece will always be captured in a way that is fitting of the text type and purpose. 
We aim to streamline the curriculum by making links to their reading and other curriculum areas, wherever this will enhance the writing.
We aim to build the writers of the future; who can ENTERTAIN, PERSUADE, INFORM and EXPLAIN, making the next generation clear and powerful communicators. 
 
Interventions: We teach phonics interventions, where needed, and these are delivered through a Sounds- Write programme; we have a highly trained team, who ensure every learner gets a solid foundation to their English curriculum. We are proud to provide both Spelling Shed and Nessy, to support further with bespoke interventions for certain learners. 
 
For more information contact our English Co-ordinator, Gemma Brown.