St Bonaventure's Catholic Primary School
Email st.bonaventures.p@bristol-schools.uk
Tel 0117 353 2830
Absence Line 0117 353 2831

English

Welcome to the English Curriculum Page. At St. Bon's our children experience a rich English Curriculum underpinned by 'The Power of Reading'. Each class reads a book each term and does lots of writing, reading and drama activities linked to it. We love reading and promote this across the school. Each class has a cosy book corner stuffed full of quality books to read. We also have a well-stocked library which classes can go and visit.
 
We are very grateful for book donations! If you have books that you no longer read and would like to donate them to the school or class libraries, please leave them at the office with a note saying who they are from. This is so that we can add a book donation label to the front of the book. Classes have the opportunity to visit the library and choose books to read. Find out more about the English Curriculum at St. Bonaventure's by using the tabs below.
Recommended Reads
Find out our recommended books of the term. We've currently got a group of staff members reading lots of fantastic new children's fiction ready for recommendation. Keep your eyes peeled for updates!
Grammar
At St. Bon's we have a progressive grammar structure that each year group follows to ensure that the National Curriculum objectives for each year group are covered. You can find this below. Each year group has grammar targets which are on display in each classroom.
Phonics
At St. Bon's we follow Letters and Sounds. Letters and Sounds is designed to help teachers and practitioners teach children how the alphabet works for reading and spelling by:
  • Fostering children's speaking and listening skills as valuable in their own right and as preparatory to learning phonic knowledge and skills;
  • Teaching high quality phonic work at the point they judge children should begin the programme. For most children, this will be by the age of five with the intention of equipping them with the phonic knowledge and skills they need to become fluent readers by the age of seven. 
To supplement Letters and Sounds we use a variety of different resources including Floppy's Phonics and Jolly Phonics.
Parent Information Evenings
 
English Curriculum
At the heart of our English Curriculum are carefully chosen texts. This was started about 6 years ago after we took part in a project called 'The Power of Reading'. CLPE's highly successful Power of Reading project enhances teachers' and children's pleasure in reading, and raises children's achievement through teachers' knowledge of literature and its creative use in the classroom. Each year group has a list of recommended books to choose from and the teachers plan their English lessons around these books. Over the last six years we have noticed that our children have a more positive attitude to reading, they are choosing to read more often and at greater length and they are more keen to read challenging books written by the authors they have been introduced to through the Power of Reading. It has also encouraged our staff to use whole texts during their English lessons as a focus instead of text extracts.
Reading
We use a variety of different reading scheme books to enhance our reading curriculum. They include PM Benchmark, Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Rockets, Rigby Star and Project X. Classes also have access to other children's literature in their own class libraries.

At the heart of our English Curriculum are carefully chosen texts. This was started about 6 years ago after we took part in a project called 'The Power of Reading'. CLPE's highly successful Power of Reading project enhances teachers' and children's pleasure in reading, and raises children's achievement through teachers' knowledge of literature and its creative use in the classroom. Each year group has a list of recommended books to choose from and the teachers plan their English lessons around these books. Over the last two years we have noticed that our children have a more positive attitude to reading, they are choosing to read more often and at greater length and they are more keen to read challenging books written by the authors they have been introduced to through the Power of Reading. It has also encouraged our staff to use whole texts during their English lessons as a focus instead of text extracts.
Spelling
As part of the National Curriculum, Key Stage 2 classes have to learn a set of statutory spellings. You can download the lists below. At St. Bon's we have broken them down into Year Group lists so the children have a set to learn over a term. On your child's spelling homework, these words will be underlined so that you can see they are part of the statutory lists. The children will learn two or three new spellings from the statutory list every week.
How you can help your child at home

Useful websites:

Twinkl Parents - lots of great resources for every subject!

LoveReading4kids - great book recommendations for children.  You can download extracts from books too.  We have a section of the website where you can see recommended booklists for different age groups and buy books.  Click here to access LoveReading4schools.