Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

A Voluntary Academy

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English at Sacred Heart

English Coordinator:  Mr Briggs
Phonics Coordinator:  Miss Wood
Reading at Sacred Heart

"Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.

In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background."

At Sacred Heart, we use the RIC approach in our teaching and learning.  This teaches the fundamental skills of retrieval, interpreting and choice as well as other skills specific for each year group.  Children collate their work in reading journals which are used to make an assessment of their progres across the year.


Writing at Sacred Heart


At Sacred Heart, we teach children that when they write, they are painting a picture for the reader.  They are hooked into their genre, then taught the tools they need to be successful which completes their paint pallet.  During this, they learn grammatical tools and develop their vocabulary before producing their written outcome.  After their writing, they use the paint pallet to reflect on their work and have time to edit and redraft to make sure they have shown the best version of their work.
Developing a love of reading
At Sacred Heart, we have developed our own reward system which promotes a love of reading.  Reading Bingo is a game where children complete a different activity when they have read their book (KS1 and LKS2) or read 50 pages (LKS2 and UKS2).  You can help your children to complete these activities at home.  Have a look at the Bingo cards to see what you need to do next.
The Library

In 2019, we were lucky enough to have our library installed along with a variety of fiction and non-fiction books.  Children get to use this space with their class to choose a book they want to read and get to borrow that book until the following week.  Watch this space for themes and updates to what is happening in our library.

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