At St Barnabas we believe that effective literacy teaching begins with engagement. Our daily English lessons are focussed around grammar, phonics, and spelling and writing.  Each day there is a reading lesson in every class.  We value and use books as a basis for learning, pleasure, talk and play. We teach children the skills of writing in order to develop the ability to write well for a range of purposes and audiences. We aim for pupils to be able to express their views and opinions both orally and in writing and to value and celebrate diversity in culture and language.


We use 'Talk for Writing' strategies to develop speaking and listening, particularly in the Early Years and Key Stage One. Talk for Writing was developed by the author Pie Corbett. It is a fun, creative yet also rigorous approach to develop writers. Talk for Writing starts with enjoying and sharing stories.  During the initial 'imitation' stage of Talk for Writing, children learn to tell a story off by heart. They retell a text with expression and actions and make use of a story map to support their retelling. Once the story is learnt, children are encouraged to adapt it. At the 'innovation' stage, children make the story their own, for example, by changing the character or setting. Finally, at the 'invention stage, children write their own text independently.


We carefully choose high quality core texts (including fiction and non-fiction texts) to act as the stimulus to teach pupils to speak and write fluently. Engaging and challenging core texts allows children to develop a love literature and promotes reading for enjoyment.

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