At Rowlands Castle St John’s, we intend to expose children to a wide range of children’s literature. We believe that through a rich-text driven curriculum, engaging storytelling, drama and reading, the door to good quality and imaginative writing can be opened. The English curriculum is implemented through daily Guided Reading, Phonics/Spelling lessons and daily English lessons in all year groups. There is also an expectation that teachers read aloud to their classes every day to instill a love of reading and widen pupils’ literary repertoire further. We follow the Hampshire learning journey approach to English units where a clear purpose, audience and outcome drives what the children write. This also structures our Medium Term Planning into ‘Stimulate and Generate’, ‘Capture, Sift and Sort’ and ‘Create and Evaluate’ in order to cover each year group’s relevant objects in a meaningful and inspiring way that leads to an end goal. The impact we strive to achieve is that pupils apply these skills with increasing independence across the year and build upon them year on year to leave our school and competent and confident readers and writers with an interest to continue reading widely in their future adults lives. 

Due to the current circumstances the INSET day on Friday 29th January will be postponed so key worker children and vulnerable children can come in as usual. The next INSET day arranged for Monday 22nd February will be confirmed at a later date.