At St Barnabas, we believe that the development of language and literacy skills is of the highest priority. Language is the main tool of learning and communication. Our authors learn to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through being readers and listeners, others are able to communicate with them. We want to create fluent readers and writers with all the skills and knowledge they need to be confidently literate in life.
At St Barnabas, there are daily author lessons. Using strategies from ‘The Power of Reading’ and ‘Talk for Writing’ approach, teachers plan focused book study sequences of learning towards writing outcomes across a range of genres linked to reading, drama and speech and language. Teachers planning is guided by the National Curriculum (2014) and includes
grammar and spelling objectives. Teachers select quality texts which, where appropriate, support the class enquiry question, and therefore, the wider curriculum. Where appropriate, teachers plan creative and relevant links to their class enquiry units as a vehicle for writing. There is a balance between fiction, non-fiction and poetry and an emphasis. There are also daily lessons focussed on being a reader.
In Key Stage 2, children focus on spelling patterns and rules and often have spellings to learn at home.