At St John XXIII we aim 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.
We aim to ensure that pupils
Pupils learn through rich drama and speaking and listening experiences, a clear and structured spelling, grammar and handwriting programme and through weekly writing lessons with many opportunities for them to apply their learning through other subjects.
Teachers carefully plan writing to link to the half termly cornerstones topic, ensuring that there is a purposeful outcome to each piece of writing. In order to ensure that all pupils learn to be confident writers we encourage children to write creatively whilst teaching key writing skills explicitly and systematically. Writing takes place daily within English lessons and in other lessons is linked to the wider curriculum. Extended writing is encouraged and developed at all times and is evident in the Extended Writing books fortnightly.