English at St Joseph’s

The English subject leader is: Mrs Amy Boulton


At St Joseph’s, we are committed to providing, high-quality education in English that will teach pupils to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively. We ensure that every child will learn to become writers by reading inspiring stories and texts as part of their English lessons.

We aim to select books with vocabulary of the highest quality to ensure children are immersed in language they can apply to their everyday conversations and also use to improve their pieces of work. Our aim is for all pupils to have a robust understanding of vocabulary as it improves all areas of communication — listening, speaking, reading and writing.

We encourage pupils to be articulate when writing and speaking. We give children constructive personalised feedback and the opportunity to edit and reflect on pieces of writing to ensure they include ambitious and exciting vocabulary. We understand this is critical to a child’s success and is something we truly value here at St Joseph’s.



● read easily, fluently and with good understanding

● develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information

● acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language

● appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage

● write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences

● use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas

● are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

Punctuation, Spelling and Grammar

Please see below for a range of spelling and grammar resources to support your child. 


Teachers-English-GlossaryYear 1 PlanIt Spelling Objective

OverviewYear 2 PlanIt Spelling Objective

OverviewYear 3 PlanIt Spelling Objective

Overview (1)Year 4 PlanIt Spelling Objective

OverviewYear 5 PlanIt Spelling Objective

OverviewYear 6 PlanIt Spelling Objective Overview



Please see below for a range of handwriting resources to support your child.




For Early reading and phonics support, please see separate page.

It is our intent at St Joseph’s to provide pupils with a high-quality education in English that will teach pupils to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively.

With regards to Reading, phonics will be emphasised in the early teaching of reading to beginners when they start school. The systematic teaching of phonics has a high priority throughout Early Years and Key Stage 1.

We intend to encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, to gain knowledge across the curriculum and develop their comprehension skills. It is our intention to ensure that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education.



● To promote and encourage a lifelong enjoyment and love of reading;


● appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage through a range of vocabulary rich texts and genres


● To develop a broad range of reading skills that can be applied to a wide range of reading text types and genres across the whole curriculum;


● To provide the chance for every child to become a reader.


Love of Reading


At St Joseph’s, we understand how essential it is to develop a lifelong love of reading at an early age. Reading is celebrated, encouraged and at the forefront of all teaching and conversation within school.

Reading for pleasure is encouraged by an ever increasing range of provision such as:

· The opportunity for children able to visit the school library weekly and take books home to enjoy

· Whole school events and celebrations such as sponsored reads and book fairs

· Reciprocal Reading sessions

· Golden Ticket Rewards

· Visits to our popular Book Swap Cart

· Half termly visits to the local library

· Training sessions with librarians

· Daily reading of a class story for pleasure

Reciprocal Reading

At St Joseph’s we teach reading through Reciprocal Reading, children are able to develop their reading skills through specific job roles and work collaboratively to understand the text. In Reciprocal Reading, the pupils are involved in teaching and learning within small groups. This can encourage pupils to take a more active role in the learning and teaching experience and gain confidence in their own abilities.

Teachers model, then help students learn to guide group discussions using four strategies:
• summarising
• questioning
• clarifying

• predicting

One of our main aims as a school is for children to confidently lead their group and independently dissect and discover the meaning behind words and sentences within the text.

For further information about Reciprocal Reading or to see it in action please click the links below:




How you can you support your child at home?

-Read a book that your child will enjoy and be interested in.
-Talk about the book and read parts of it yourself to your child.
– Practise reading with expression and add voices to characters.
-Talk about the meanings of words and find out about any new words you have read
-Make predictions based on what you have read so far
-Enjoy it, sharing a book with a child is fun! It’s a time for closeness, laughing and talking together – and it can also give children a flying start in life and help them become lifelong readers.!
Useful links:
10 Top Tips for parents to support children to read.
Free books to read online with your child