St John's Catholic Primary School

To Live in Love


Sound English skills are essential for progress across the curriculum and to prepare pupils effectively for tasks of adult life.

All teachers have a responsibility to develop pupils’ competence in reading, writing, speaking and listening in their own subjects and to ensure that pupils become competent users of language, and can access the curriculum effectively and achieve their potential.

St John’s Catholic:

  • Recognises the effect that a confident, fluent and coherent understanding of English will have on a pupil’s progress, both inside and outside of the school environment.
  • Understands how a strong grounding in English will impact the future learning and development of a pupil in all aspects of their life
  • Provides a balanced and broad curriculum which encompasses writing practice, including handwriting, spelling, widening vocabulary, and writing for different styles, purposes, and audiences, as well as focussing on spoken English, reading, grammar and pronunciation.
  • Ensures that all staff members are aware of planning, assessment, teaching and learning requirements for the English curriculum.
  • Ensures that all pupils know how to plan, practise and evaluate their work.
  • Ensures that all pupils understand all elements of English, as per the national curriculum.

At St. John's we cover a wide range of texts within our curriculum. There are opportunities everyday for children to read collaboratively and independently to promote and share our love of reading. Our school has a great extent of books! In each classroom the children have access to a class library and we are also lucky enough to have a fantastic school library which is well stocked with a range of fiction and non-fiction books for children of all ages and different interests. We know how important finding a good book is but we also know how hard it is to know which books are suitable so we have put together these collections of books we recommend for extended reading at home to enhance our bespoke curriculum.