English at Sacred Heart Catholic School

We place great emphasis on developing good language skills and will encourage your child to develop fluency and understanding in reading. Pupils learn to read using various approaches to word recognition. They are taught the sounds of spoken language in order to develop phonic skills through RWI phonics. As abilities improve, children are given opportunities to read a broader range of books for pleasure, vocabulary and interest. Parents are encouraged to help with reading both at home and in school. Children borrow books regularly from the school library. Each class has a daily English lesson in which the children are concentrating on developing their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. We follow national curriculum guidance to plan English lessons and each class has an interactive whiteboard with appropriate English programs to enrich the children’s work. Good handwriting and correct spelling are considered to be of great importance and are taught at each stage.