At Rucstall Primary School we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. These aims are embedded across our English provision and the wider curriculum. We will provide the means for children to develop a secure knowledge-base in reading, writing and grammar which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum.
We attach great importance upon enabling all children to develop into fluent and confident readers who love books. To support this idea, we expose the children to a wide range of reading materials, both factual and fiction in our school libraries. Sharing these high quality texts has helped us to create a culture of reading for pleasure across the school; this is also aided by some of our regular volunteers who love to listen to Rucstall children read! Learning to read is one of the most important things your child will achieve at our school so we are passionate about making sure that every single child learns to read well while also enjoying numerous stories, poems and information books that have been chosen to inspire and enthuse. In EYFS and Key Stage 1, we use RWI Phonics before children progress on to becoming free readers.
Our writing curriculum is also enhanced through the use of quality texts that have been selected due to their relevance to our curriculum and also to the children’s interests. In this way, our children are taught to write in a variety of styles and for a variety of purposes that are both meaningful to them and exciting. Our writing lessons not only promote a love for reading and writing but also develop the children’s imagination and creativity alongside their speaking and listening skills through our emphasis on drama to explore each writing outcome. We use high-quality models and class discussion to explore and promote the correct use of spelling, punctuation and grammar so the children have a clear idea about how these elements can impact on their writing choices. We often use writing as a way for the children to publish their work in a range of innovative and well-presented ways that they are proud of and can share with others.