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Communication is central to a child's development and very important in helping them make sense of their world.
We encourage speaking and listening in a variety of situations to develop children's competence and confidence.

  • This happens in a variety of situations for example through drama, play and all other areas of the curriculum.
  • To support this the school follows the National Literacy Strategy at key stages 1, 2 and 3, and we are resourced to follow the programmes of study for key stage 4.
  • All sites have wellstocked libraries in addition to book trolleys on the wards whereby children and young adults have easy access to a broad range of age appropriate reading materials.
  • All children across the school have access to language both through the Literacy Hour and other curriculum subjects. We use a wide range of fiction and information texts.
  • We celebrate children's writing across the school on our writing blog: WRITERS' INK


How we support children with English as an additional language

  • We encourage all pupils to speak, write and become fluent in English. In this way they have access to all subjects in the National Curriculum and enjoy more fully the many outings and art and music based activities on offer.
  • There is a wide range of visual, aural and general activities for children for whom English is an additional language.
  • An EAL teacher specialises in programmes geared to individual pupils. The programme covers all levels from beginner to advanced, across the Primary and Secondary curriculum.
  • Computer programmes, CDs, tapes, Internet sites, and Video Conferencing have proved to be great incentives. Whole family involvement is encouraged.
  • Using recording and laptop based writing, pupils progress at their own pace.
  • Among the staff a variety of languages are spoken from Irish to Hindi.

Poetry

  • Poetry encourages students to express and clarify feelings and thoughts new and old through the creation of poems, using rhythm and metaphor.
  • We work with The Fire Poet, a professional poet-performer who brings written words dramatically to life.
  • Students are inspired to write with real freedom, confidence and fearlessness, and often want to share what they've created.
  • Finished poems are often featured and championed on the school website.

 

Key stage 1 phonics programme
We use the Letters and Sounds phonics programme

English work produced by our students

Poetry with The Fire Poet

Poetry with The Fire Poet

Children had a fantastic online poetry session with our 'poet in residence' Philip Wells aka The Fire Poet.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Faith and Charlotte teaching Ava online. We have been reading William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and here is Ava telling me some of her favourite characters, as Faith writes them down....

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I will bring you clothes

I will bring you clothes

Rabia took part in a poetry workshop with Philip the Fire poet and wrote this beautiful poem. Well done Rabia!

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Blackout Poetry

Blackout Poetry

The young people at Lavender Walk have been experimenting with language this week for National Writing Day 2019. We played poetic devices noughts and crosses, metaphor mayhem, and created some...

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The Queen's Knickers

The Queen's Knickers

After reading 'The Queen's Knickers', Isabel carefully designed a pair that the Queen should wear if she has to choose a new crown. She then wrote her own letter to the...

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World Book Day at St Mary's

World Book Day at St Mary's

Teachers celebrate World Book Day at St Mary's schoolroom.

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Poems for World Mental Health Day

Poems for World Mental Health Day

Students wrote poems for World Mental Health Day #WorldMentalHealthDay

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Two Poems

Two Poems

Elle-Neve wrote these two poems. The first is about her contact with the people in NHS written in preparation for the 70th anniversary of the NHS. The second is about...

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Celebrating Women's Rights

Celebrating Women's Rights

Maya has been studying women's rights. She created this wonderful poster to celebrate the Suffragette's struggle to get the vote for women 100 years ago.

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Rubik

Rubik

Felix wanted to dress up as a Rubik’s cube on World Book day. Because Rubik did not feature in a book he decided to create his own story.

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