We are writers
The curriculum at St Georges enables me to “learn to write” and inspires me to “write to learn”. I am a writer. I know the magic of being a writer and communicating my ideas to the world, achieving more than I thought possible. I can write for a purpose: to learn, entertain, inform, discuss or persuade. My writing skills enable me to transcend subject disciplines, so I am able to write as storyteller, a poet, geographer, a scientist, a designer, an historian, a mathematician, a philosopher and a technologist. I am empowered: I understand the technical skills of selecting vocabulary, grammar, punctuation, sentence construction and text structure; I know the importance of these skills and the effect these can have on my intended audience. I am developing my handwriting fluency, so that I can write with ease and enjoyment for sustained periods of time. As a writer, I am inspired to create and craft ideas for authentic audiences stretching beyond the classroom to make the world a better place as St Georges Citizen.
We believe English is a vital way of communicating in school, in public life and internationally. The body of Literature in English is rich and influential, reflecting the experience of people from many countries and times. In studying English at St Georges, children will develop skills in oracy, reading and writing. It will enable them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and eloquently – and to build strong world knowledge that helps them connect ideas and generate new ones. We want our children to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, knowledge, poetry, drama, as well as text media. We encourage the development of a love and enjoyment of all types of communication, especially reading.
We follow Essential Letters and Sounds to teach phonics in Reception and Year 1. These lessons take place within dedicated slots in our timetable. An information evening is held for parents in Term 1 each year to give information on the lessons we deliver and how you can support your child at home.
At St Georges we are currently building our new approach to writing. This approach combines 'talk for writing,' and Michael Tidd's 'writing for a purpose.' In reception class we follow the 'drawing club' approach where children are immersed in a text and motivated to develop early writing skills.
Spelling Shed's approach to spelling involves the relationship between sounds and written symbols as well as using morphology to help spell through meaning.
The carefully selected word lists and engaging activities provide opportunities to incorporate phonics and meaning to strengthen spelling skills and build vocabulary acquisition.
Y2 are currently following ELS 'Essential Spelling.'
Letter-join is a whole school handwriting scheme offering a combination of traditional and digital resources.