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At St Thomas' we place great importance on the skills of speaking & listening, reading and writing; these skills come under the heading of English. We also help the children to apply these skills in other subjects, to enable them to have as much experience as possible in speaking, listening, reading and writing for different purposes. In English, the children will cover units of work in narrative, non-fiction and poetry, and where possible these units will be linked to other areas of the curriculum, or topics being studied.

As well as reading texts as a whole class, all of the children take part in Guided Reading sessions, which are small group reading sessions of 20 minutes, allowing the children to explore a text further, and discuss what they are reading in-depth with an adult. 

All children choose a home reading book, which they can read and share with an adult at home. Children are able to choose from a wide range of reading schemes, which enable them to have a broad and balanced range of reading experience, and appeal to different interests and learning styles. The reading schemes in school include: Jelly & Bean, Pearson Phonics Bug, Pearson Bug Club, Songbirds Phonics, Oxford Reading Tree, Oxford Project X, Oxford Traditional Tales, Oxford Graphic Novels and Heinemann Rapid Reads.

Many of the books in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One are phonic decodable, in order to support children in the early stages of learning to read. Reading is taught through systematic teaching of synthetic phonics in the Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2, as well as for some children in Year 3. We primarily follow 'Letters & Sounds' for this.

There is a big emphasis on reading within the New National Curriculum, and at St Thomas' we aim for children to develop a love of reading that will stay with them throughout their lives.

As well as being able to write whole texts, we also work on grammar, spelling and punctuation regularly throughout the week. Throughout each year, children will gain experience in writing fiction, non-fiction and poetry for different audiences and purposes.