We aim to bring literature and language alive for our children so that they develop a love of reading and writing to take with them into later life.

Speaking and Listening forms an integral part of our English curriculum. The children enjoy role-play and drama activities, presenting their learning in Class Assemblies, Christmas productions and other wider curriculum opportunities. Our School Eco Council helps the children develop their confidence and communication skills, as council members represent younger classes and talk with the children across the school about their views, ideas and concerns.

At St Mary Magdalen’s we use the Jolly Phonics phonic scheme in reception and Year 1 which is built upon using Letters and sounds in Years 1 and 2.  Children are grouped by ability to ensure that the phonic focus closely matches the children's learning needs.

 We consider reading skills to be of fundamental importance and an early priority is to ensure that children can read and also understand and enjoy a wide range of reading material. Books are taken home so that parents can help by listening to, and reading with, their children. We have a wide choice of guided reading books from a variety of different reading schemes. We use a systematic approach to teaching phonics using aspects from the Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds approach.

  Children are rewarded for their reading and are very motivated to read and feel confident about their reading at St Mary Magdalen’s C of E Primary School.

Learning the skills which enable the children to express themselves is very important. Writing is a priority in all year groups. Children learn how to write a range of texts from labels and lists to newspaper reports and explanations. 

We help children to develop their skills by teaching children to develop their understanding of language and we are  currently following the New Curriculm to include more Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation.

 Children learn to plan their writing carefully and to take part in weekly extended writing opportunities, where children can engage in sustained, stimulated writing which children tell us they love! We are also beginning to use some of Pie Corbett’s very successful Talk for Writing techniques.

 Communication, language and literacy are of high importance and we expect children to be able to demonstrate and apply the skills they have learnt in these areas across the curriculum.

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