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English at St. Peter's

The subject of English is at the heart of everything we do at St. Peter's; a subject that directly affects and influences every area our lives.

The study of English develops children’s abilities to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes, including the communication of their ideas, views and feelings.

Our role is to enable the children to express themselves clearly, creatively and imaginatively, as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as non-fiction and media texts.

Through the delivery of our curriculum, our goal is to enable our children to develop their skills and understanding through a range of reading, writing and speaking and listening tasks.

English lessons take place daily (on most days across the school these sessions will take place in the morning).

An English Lesson

Units of work will often tie in with and be inspired by content from the year group topic being studied, other inspiration may be taken from a range of high-quality Fiction and Non-Fiction texts.

Within each unit of work, our aims will be to enable the children to:

• be articulate speakers and good responsive listeners in a variety of situations

• develop abilities to reflect on their own and others’ contributions and the language used

• develop understanding and skills to become independent, enthusiastic readers and writers

• enjoy using language in different contexts and have the confidence and ability to do so

• use a range of spelling strategies and apply them in their independent work

• develop a fluent, legible handwriting style and take care with the presentation of their work

• understand that language they have acquired, may be relevant across all areas of their learning and to apply that language where possible

Spelling & Grammar (SPAG):

Each lesson will start with a 5-10 minute oral/discussion starter, focusing on either a spelling or grammar target.

Guided Reading:

  • Will occur (at least) 3 x weekly (30mins per session) in every class. During Guided Reading the children will take part in a variety of guided group tasks, relating to developing reading ability, fluency and confidence.
  • The key session will see the children working closely with the class teacher, as they read, discuss, share ideas and opinions connected to the text being read.


  • Weekly Drama sessions (led by our Drama specialist Ms Websper) will often tie in with topic/English themes. Through a wide range of high-quality experiences, the children will have opportunity to consider character and motivation, develop confidence in speaking and listening, extend vocabulary and to understand and express different points of view.
  • Dramatic activity will often seek to motivate children to write for a range of purposes.