Our English Curriculum
At St John’s Primary School we provide a supportive, stimulating and secure environment with high quality texts and first class teaching where children are encouraged to express themselves and where their contributions are valued. It is important to us that Reading sits at the heart of our curriculum as we recognise the importance of children becoming confident, fluent readers. We believe that all pupils can achieve in Reading, both in pleasure and in their comprehension and understanding. Reading is the key to successful learning and opens doors across the curriculum to deep educational experiences which is why we do not put ceilings on what pupils can achieve.
We love to Read!
At St John’s, we provide lots of opportunities for children to explore, appreciate, read and share books across the curriculum. Every week, children across the school meet with another class to share their favourite book and be introduced to new books. Children choose the book they want to share from a selection of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books including books linked to the topic they are currently covering. This session provides opportunities for children to read for pleasure and explore the world around them. During these times, it is great to see the children’s enthusiasm about books and their excitement to share and discuss it with another pupil. Children are also given opportunities in class to read for pleasure in class’s book corners.
A pupil in Year 4 said ‘I love reading with Reception. I help them when they get stuck. I like sharing my favourite books and explaining what words mean.’
A pupil in Year 3 said ‘We read with year 6 every week. I like it because I share my favourite book but also if I get stuck on a word they help me.’
Every half term, love of reading assemblies led by passionate staff expose children to new books and encourage them to read. These books are accessible to the pupils at St John’s in the school libraries.
Every week, the library is opened at lunch time for children to come and enjoy books! Children across Reception and Key Stage 1 enjoy discussing their favourite books and reading aloud. Year 6 pupils are there to support children with their reading and read a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books.
Isabelle said ‘Every Friday, I help in the library. I like helping because it supports the younger children with their future. I help them when they are stuck on a word, I read with them and ask them questions.’
Kayden said ‘I like reading different books to other children. My new favourite book is Beast Quest.’
Don’t forget our book swap- If you would like your child to be involved please encourage them to bring a book in good condition to swap. We have a great selection of books waiting to be swapped and taken home in the Key Stage 1 Library.
No Pens Day- November 2019!
St John’s pupils took part in No Pens Day Wednesday and put down their pens and got involved in speaking and listening activities. All children enjoyed different opportunities to use skills and mediums to express their thoughts and knowledge.
During the day, no pens were seen across the school as every class were involved in engaging activities which supported children to consider their word choices and promote the use of ambitious vocabulary. Year 3 looked at the story ‘The Green Ship,’ and created the story journey using natural resources. The children explored character emotions and retold the text considering what words would hook the reader in. The pupils in Year 4 created a lion from different materials linked to the book Tom’s Sausage Lion’. The children thought of adjectives to describe the lion and used evidence in the text to justify their answer. Across Key Stage 1, children explored vocabulary through role play, stories and art. In upper Key Stage 2, children were involved in debates to persuade and encourage the audience to vote for them.
Gabe said ‘No Pens day was fun, exciting and unexpected!’
Summer said ‘I liked not writing on No Pens Day and having lots of discussions. Just because you don’t have a pen, doesn’t mean you don’t learn. I learnt lots and learnt the meaning of new words that I didn’t know.’