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St. Thomas of Canterbury Primary School, Walsall

St Thomas Canterbury Catholic School

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Our Catholic Mission is to enable every child to have an active mind, a sense of empathy and compassion, aspiration and ambition so that they become what God calls them to be.

English

At St. Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary school, we aim to deliver a broad English curriculum based on progression through high quality texts and experiences. We work closely with our school literacy advisor to identify texts that are both educational and stimulating for the children. Through this, we aim to enhance, not only written work, but vocabulary too. We incorporate our punctuation and grammar sessions into our English lessons, based around the class literature, to contextualise the work that is completed in class.

Reading

Reading is delivered as part of the English curriculum to incorporate both reading and writing through access to high quality texts. Our vision is to ensure children read a variety of literature including; fiction, non-fiction and poetry. By allowing the children to have a broad diet of texts, we aim to improve vocabulary skills and give them a range of experiences.

We actively encourage children to read regularly at home and record this in their planners as well as encourage parents to read to their children, allowing them to hear a variety of stories and literature.

Reading is always given the highest priority at St Thomas of Canterbury and for more information click here to go to the Reading & Phonics page.

Handwriting

At St. Thomas of Canterbury, Key Stage 1 and EYFS children learn how to form letters correctly using Read Write Inc. Letter join will run alongside our current English curriculum in order to improve children’s handwriting and fine motor skills. In Early Years and Key Stage 1, it will complement the handwriting strategies that are used within Read Write Inc. before taking a more prominent role as children enter Key Stage 2. Children will receive handwriting lessons as part of the curriculum and we actively encourage handwriting to be practised at home. The image below shows the formation the school will be following for each letter: