English Language is cross curricular in nature following programmes laid out in the Primary English Curriculum. Several reading schemes form an integral part of the Language programme with the emphasis on sharing and enjoying books. For younger children Phonics is taught as well as basic grammar, spelling, handwriting and clear presentation to enable children to write effectively for a variety of purposes.
St John's is part of an important national initiative for the development of children's writing and we contribute to an ongoing research project. This has influenced the way we teach all aspects of English including the introduction of weekly Writing Journals throughout the school. Our Whole School Writing sessions also give children the opportunity to write freely and expressively. We have also have developed our teaching of spelling and grammar through games and activities.
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