SUBJECTSEnglish, Read Write Inc.
& Royal Shakespeare Company

At St. Paul’s, we believe that to provide children with a high-quality English curriculum is to unlock a world of possibility. From entering our doors in their early years to moving to secondary school, it is our mission to equip our children with the ability to use both spoken and written forms of communication in order for them to be able to express their ideas and emotions.
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AT THE HEART OF OUR ENGLISH CURRICULUM ISReading...

JOSEPH ADDISON"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."

We strongly believe that reading is the key to a child’s emotional, cultural, intellectual, social and spiritual development. It enables children to build a knowledge base that can forever be added to and even challenged, the more they read. To foster a child’s love of reading is to equip them with the power to fully engage with the world around them and even escape into another world entirely!

Our priority when the children start with us is to build the children’s spoken language, and to explore making marks using a range of tools. We use the well-established Read Write Inc. Phonics programme to teach the children all the sounds they need in order to read and ensure that the children read at school every day, as well as at home. Of equal importance is reading daily to our children, even when they can read fluently themselves. By reading literature to children that is at their interest level but beyond their reading ability, we can further stretch their understanding and motivate them to develop their listening and language skills. As the children become more fluent in their reading, they can then start to take real meaning from it, inferring and deducing information with more and more complicated books as they progress through the school.

Reading has the closest of links to writing – the more practice children have in reading, the better their writing will become. By reading, children are exposed to vast amounts of vocabulary, grammar and linguistic choices made by authors; they begin to understand the purpose and audience for different types of writing. In this respect, they can therefore better understand what the demands of a piece of writing requires and adopt a suitable writing style in their own attempts. We also believe it is important that the children appreciate that even the best of authors edit and improve their work and so as writers, the children should do the same, striving to make their work the best it can be.
Read Write Inc. is a systematic approach to phonics that we use at St. Paul’s to teach our young children to read. As soon as our youngest children start at school in Nursery, they learn to listen and discriminate sounds which prepares them for phonics lessons. From Reception, they start learning the sounds individual letters make and use these to start reading. As they progress through Foundation stage into Key stage one, children learn more complex sounds and different reading strategies in order to become confident and fluent readers.
The Read Write Inc. approach ensures all children make progress in reading. Groups are based on individual children’s developmental stage and assessed at regular intervals so all children are working at the correct reading level for their needs.
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ST. PAUL'S IS ALSO CONNECTED TOThe Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)

St. Paul’s is also connected to the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) as a Lead Associate School. We appreciate that many people’s initial experience of Shakespeare’s works was a negative one. This is something we strive to ensure never happens for any of the children who come to St. Paul’s. Shakespeare’s plays are exposed to the children right from the very beginning of their time with us, through a range of active learning approaches that allow the children to explore language in a deeper way.

What’s more, the children have the opportunity to work with directors and actors who have worked on productions at the RSC. We are also incredibly lucky that some children even get to perform at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon! These rare opportunities further enhance our children’s confidence and intellect – there’s no ‘to be or not to be’ about it!

Overall, we believe it is vitally important for children to see themselves (and their role models) as readers and as writers. This has the power to give any child the confidence they need to take on any literary challenge.

Download The Reading Curriculum

Our Talented Teachers

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TEACHERMiss Atkinson

- Lower Key Stage 2 Leader
- English Coordinator
- Year 4 Teacher
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TEACHERMiss Turner

- EYFS Leader
- RWI Leader
- Reception teacher
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