English

At St Vincent’s we aim to promote high standards of literacy through the development of writing skills, spoken word and a love of literature. We aim to ensure all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences 
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

Reading skills are taught through Guided Reading and then applied through pre- and post-reading tasks.

The development of writing skills is rooted in the exploration of high quality texts and a build up of grammatical skills across each class and across the school. Essential to developing these skills is the regular opportunity to apply them into writing.  All of this is outlined in our whole school overview: