English 2023 - 2024

Mrs Foye

Welcome to the English page. English is a huge part of the curriculum and consists of reading, writing, grammar, punctuation and spelling. At St James' we work hard to ensure that our English teaching is fun, engaging and, where possible, linked to our wider curriculum topics. 

Reading: At St James' Juniors we understand that reading fluently is a key life skill and is the foundation for children's future success. We strive to foster a lifelong love of reading by promoting reading for pleasure and creating a culture where children choose to read for enjoyment. Through carefully selected texts (often linked to our topic), we give pupils the opportunity to discuss new ideas and explore rich vocabulry. As a staff, we are passionate about teaching reading and try our best to provide chidlren with the skills and tools required to be successful, independent readers.

For our redaing comprehension lessons, we use Reading VIPERS to ensure that all of the 6 reading domains are taught effectively and consistently across all year groups. We strive to ensure that pupils can identify different question types and are taught the skills needed to answer them efficiently.

Early Reading: For those children who are still improving their reading fluency, we continue to focus on the teaching of phonics as not all pupils who join us in year 3 are completely secure in their phonological understanding. Our support staff are all fully trained to deliver Monster Phonics which is an accredited systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP). Phonincs intervention, using this scheme, is delivered daily as part of our intervention sessions to plug any gaps pupils still have in their sounds when they leave their infant school. To find out more about Monster Phonics, follow this link https://monsterphonics.com/

Writing: We use a combination of high quality texts and exciting film as the stimulus for our writing. Throughout the school year, we write for 4 different purposes: To Entertain, To Persuade, To Inform and To Discuss. Through these 4 purposes, children experience a range of text types and genres such as newspaper reports, narratives, letters, poems and non-chronological reports. Lots of time is spent working on sentence structure as well as vocabulary using techniques such as DADWAVERS https://www.literacyshedblog.com/dadwavers. In every writing lesson, children focus on the different components of writing such as: drafting, revising and editing. They spend time reflecting on their own work and making changes to improve it before completing a final draft. 

Spelling: All staff use Spelling Shed https://www.spellingshed.com/en-gb/ to plan and deliver weekly lessons based on the spelling patterns for their year group. The pupils also have access to Spelling Shed at home where they practise the weekly spellings set by the teacher in prepartaion for their weekly test on Wednesdays. Spelling patterns and rules are frequently revisited throughout the year to help pupils remember them. 

Grammar and punctuation: This is taught both discretely and as part of weekly writing lessons. The discrete sessions introduce and revise objectives and allow children to focus solely on the grammar and punctuation aspects of literacy. We use grammar resources from Spelling Shed to plan and teach lessons. Writing sessions then allow children to demonstrate their use of grammar to write effective sentences and up-level their work using correct word class, tenses and well-chosen vocabulary. Grammar and punctuation objectives are revisited frequently throughout the year and are also assigned as homework tasks to reinforce learning. 



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Please direct all enquiries to Mrs H Maiden at the school office:

Telephone 01946 695311 or email admin@stjamesjun.cumbria.sch.uk

Headteacher: Mr Andrew Beattie

St James' Church of England Junior School. Wellington Row, Whitehaven, Cumbria CA28 7HG