At St. Osmund’s we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. In order to inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage we have recently made a sizeable investment into our school library and to encourage a habit of reading widely and often we have updated our KS1 reading scheme as well as looking into how we hear children read in school. We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing. Cursive handwriting is taught in KS1 and encouraged throughout the school. It is important to us that all our children can write clearly and accurately, adapting their language and style to suit a range of contexts. Our ultimate aim is to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and use discussion to communicate, rehearse what they want to write before committing pen to paper and to further their learning.
We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge base in Literacy, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. We believe that a secure basis in literacy skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.