Curriculum Lead: Mrs R. Guinan
At St Mary and St Michael Catholic Primary school we aim to inspire and ignite a love of reading and writing for all of our children. From the beginning of their journey at our school, we strive to provide opportunities to develop the skills that we feel are essential for them to become confident communicators throughout their lives.
We use a phased approach to teaching English, which allows our children to experience how developing as readers can also enable us to develop as writers.
Through thoughtful planning of our English Curriculum we intend to support our children in becoming active readers, writers and communicators both at home and at school. The English Curriculum is designed as a ‘spiral’ curriculum, whereby the different genres are repeated throughout the key stage at an appropriate level so to build on children’s previous understanding and learning.
Our teachers understand and value our children as individuals and this is at the forefront of our minds when we plan, teach and assess the next steps on our learning journey.
At the end of the year, we expect the children to achieve ARE (age related expectations) for their year group. Some children will have progressed further, and others, who have gaps in their learning, will receive appropriate intervention. We assess children formally at the end of each term in both reading and writing and also informally throughout our daily teaching.
We use the Lancashire KLIPs (Key Learning Indicators of Performance) to track progress in Reading and Writing during the course of the year as well as Lancashire’s LAPS (Learning And Progression Steps) which break down the KLIPs into termly steps for more manageable tracking.
Progression of Skills and Knowledge
We use Lancashire KLIPS and LAPS for progression of skills and knowledge. We adapt these as necessary to meet the needs of our pupils.