We are a Rights Respecting School
Article 29 - Education should develop each child's personality and talents to the full. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.
At Our Lady Queen of Heaven our aim is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
As a school we also aim:
To provide a rich and stimulating language environment where pupils are encouraged to construct and convey meaning, both in speech and writing, of factual, imaginary and personal experiences.
To provide opportunities for pupils to become confident, competent and expressive users of the language with a developing knowledge of how it works.
To provide opportunities for pupils to be reflective users of language, write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
To acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
To foster an enthusiasm for and love of reading for life.
To encourage pupils to have fluent and legible joined handwriting.
To provide opportunities for pupils to communicate ideas through the use of ICT.
To provide opportunities for role play and drama making links to other curriculum areas.
In Reception the children learn to read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately and will also read some common irregular words. Children demonstrate their understanding when talking with their peers about what they have read.
The children also use their phonic knowledge to write words which match their spoken sounds and will write some irregular common words. They will write simple sentences that can be read by themselves and others.
In Year One the children write about their news throughout the year and will read it out. They look at poetry, fiction and non-fiction (instructions and information) and creative writing. Subjects within this include the senses (poetry), keeping healthy (instructions), when I was a baby (non-fiction), multicultural stories from around the world (fiction) and pirates (range of texts).
In Year Two they study poetry, traditional stories, stories by a particular author, informative texts, diary entries and recounts.Subjects include the Great Fire of London (poetry and diary entries), Traction Man (stories with a familiar setting), How to Catch a Troll (instructions), swans and nocturnal animals (informative texts and non-chronological reports) and the Gruffalo (stories from an author).
Year Three study the Ice Palace, Mousehole Cat, and the Giant's Necklace. They write poetry, diary entries and non-chronological reports that link to the stories they are studying and to the topic for the term, for example the Romans.