English

Our Vision

At Our Lady of Good Help, we aim to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. Pupils are given opportunities to interrelate the requirements of English within a broad and balanced approach to the teaching of English across the curriculum. Teachers are creative in their approach to teaching, as we believe that children learn best when they have real interest or are given real life opportunities.

Reading Aims

At Our Lady of Good Help, we aim to:

  • Foster a positive attitude and nurture a love of reading through devices such as paired reading, end of the day story time, library time and book clubs.
  • Have an interest in books and read for enjoyment
  • To foster independent readers
  • To achieve a high level of literacy in all pupils
  • To enable children to read for information, with understanding, in purposeful situations.
  • Develop comprehension skills through reading a range of short stories, novels, poems and non-fiction materials.

Writing Aims

At Our Lady of Good Help, we aim to:

  • To understand a range of text types and genres – be able to write in a variety of forms appropriate to the situation.
  • To write for a widening range of audiences
  • To encourage children to recognise the importance of sentence construction, punctuation, grammar and correct spelling and apply it to their own writing.
  • To read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding, orchestrating a range of independent strategies to self-correct and monitor.
  • For children to develop the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
  • For the children to write in a clear, fluent and legible handwriting style.
  • For children to be able to spell accurately and know the relationship between sounds and words.

Spoken Language Aims

At Our Lady of Good Help, we aim to:

  • For the children to experience drama, poetry recitals, role play, presentations, performances, improvisations and debates.
  • To develop and sustain ideas through talk.
  • For children to successfully work and talk with partners in class.
  • To maintain concentration and take part in collaborative conversations.
  • For children to have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses.
  • To develop a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms.
  • To speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English through devices such as Word of the Day in every classroom.

The head teacher, Miss Peacock, has overall responsibility for the provision of English at Our Lady of Good Help. Whereas the day-to- day implementation of school policy is the responsibility of the English leader, Miss Mullan.