At St Andrew’s, children are encouraged to develop a broad range of skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing right across the curriculum. Children participate in a daily English lesson in years 1 to 6 and in a wide range of language activities in Reception.
Reading is a vital skill and we encourage parents to join in the excitement of their children learning to read. We use the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme, and supplement this with a wide range of non-scheme books. We have a well-stocked library and children are encouraged to utilise, discuss and recommend books they have read.
Writing skills are a key priority within the school. We emphasise presentation and handwriting skills. Our approach to writing is creative and inclusive and we believe enjoyment should be at the centre of our teaching of the subject. All classes undertake writing for a range of audiences and purpose.
Speaking and listening skills are developed across the whole curriculum; classes regularly have opportunities to discuss and present their work to encourage confidence and self-expression.