St Joseph's Rotherhithe



At St. Joseph’s our aim is to provide a literacy curriculum that meets the needs of all learners to ensure all pupils achieve their potential in reading and writing skills. Wherever possible, our sequences of all lessons are closely linked to the Cornerstones theme the year group is covering in the half-term. We believe that ensuring the children are exposed to a vocabulary-rich curriculum based on high quality texts (both fiction and non-fiction) will lead to a deeper understanding of the curriculum they are studying. English includes the teaching of: spelling, handwriting, grammar, phonics, reading as well as writing. 


Talk for Writing:

We teach using the Talk for Writing approach which enables the children to read and write for a wide range of audiences and purposes. The key to this approach is for the children to internalise the language structures needed to access and write the variety of different genres we cover. This is achieved through a well-planned sequence of lessons based on the needs of the class as directed from our Assessment for Learning. Each genre is structured in the same way: from orally retelling a model text; understanding the structures, features and authorial techniques; to constructing our own toolkit leading in to writing tasks. As the unit progresses, the children move into more independence in their planning and writing ending with an extended write which enables them to showcase their learning in a creative and powerful way.

Reading Spines

Year 3 Reading Spine

Year 4 Reading Spine

Year 5 Reading Spine

Year 6 Reading Spine

Useful links and information

Talk for Writing

Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation