At Ecclesall Junior School we aim to encourage a life long appreciation of the spoken and written word as a means for our children to communicate thoughts, facts and feelings.

As part of the reading scheme we use Oxford reading tree, supplemented by Collins Big Cat and Bug Club colour banded books.

At Key Stage 2 we continue to develop the essential literacy skills of:

  • speaking and listening
  • phonics and spelling
  • grammar and punctuation
  • reading and writing.

Following the guidelines of the National Curriculum the children are taught how to write in a variety of styles, from fiction and poetry to many forms of non-fiction. We aim to develop the vital skills of drafting, revising and editing their own work, in order to encourage the children as independent learners.

All children engage in drama, poetry performance and competition, watch live plays, and examine the rich traditions of literature from other cultures. We value the involvement of parents and governors in literacy related work and encourage parents, to hear their children read regularly and use the home/school reading record diary.

Children are regularly assessed in all areas of literacy to inform pupils, teachers and parents of their progress. They currently take Optional SAT tests at the end of Years 3, 4 and 5 followed by statutory tests in reading and writing in Year 6. However, we assess children’s work alongside these assessment points to ensure that all children make good progress. Our goal is to continually extend every child and to give them a solid grounding in, and an enjoyment of the spoken and written word. The skills in English are also transferred to thematic work in a cross curricular topic. This provides a relevance and purpose for the skills that they learn. We call this our Creative Curriculum.

Each term class teachers send out curriculum letters to parents and carers. These outline different topics and activities which will be undertaken over the course of the term. The letter might also indicate how you can help support your child at home.

Copies of Curriculum Letters can be found under the Curriculum drop down menu above. If you would like more information then please do not hesitate to contact the School Office.