At St. Ignatius, we intend to nurture pupils who are enthusiastic, lively writers with a desire to read for pleasure. Children will leave our school fully equipped with the literacy skills to achieve their dreams in future life. They will experience an abundance of quality, engaging texts that stimulate writing and encourage reading. It is delivered by highly motivated teachers with excellent subject knowledge that inspire their pupils to achieve their potential.
Reading is at the centre of all learning and is the key to success in future lives. Therefore, reading is taught through focussed phonic sessions; lessons which teach strategies (such as inference, application, summarising, sequencing and retrieval) to develop comprehension and opportunities to simply enjoy a wide range of genres. A range of reading schemes are used in collaboration to best support and extend the individual child and their individual learning needs and backgrounds. The school is a community of readers with adults and children alike immersed in the pleasure of reading. We aim to bring reading to life and give it purpose by using music, drama and performance and link it to the wider curriculum.
It is our vision that every child will learn to write by being given real and exciting materials and opportunities. We will show and explain everyday occurrences to the children and inspire them to write about them. We will share excellent writing to inspire children to emulate styles. We encourage children to read their work for enjoyment, to read it aloud to others and provide audiences for writing. We want children to have an understanding that writing has a real purpose and that word choice and style can bring about change. We aim to open children’s minds to inquiry and imagination, linking our wider curriculum with our writing, therefore giving it enhanced value and meaning.
At St Ignatius, we use the PM Reading Scheme, supplemented with high quality books from other schemes where needed.
Our phonics curriculum is based on Letters and Sounds, using additional resources to support learning from Jolly Phonics, Letterland and Alphablocks.