English

Help with English

At St Nicholas and St Laurence we want children to see English as being exciting and fun as well as a vital life skill, one that they will use throughout their lives. We aim to give children enjoyable and engaging lessons that enable them to develop a ‘can do’ attitude and perceive themselves as able students.

We hope to introduce our children to a variety of text types that will both educate and inspire; our aim is for all to be enthusiastic and resiliant learners.

Non negotiables for presentation of work

At St Nicholas and St Laurence, we want children to show a real pride and care in their work, and therefore we need them, and us, to have high expectations in how they present work in all of the books we use and on worksheets. We expect children at our school to present work according to the following:

  • Write the date at the top of all work on the right hand side and underline it with a ruler;
  • Write their full name on all loose sheets of paper;
  • Use sharp pencils or appropriate pens;
  • From Year 1 upwards, write using the joined up handwriting style;
  • From Year 2 most children should write the learning target at the top of the page. This will allow children to become more aware of the purpose of the task and helps them in evaluating their own work.
  • Every piece of work should have a learning target.
  • Worksheets should be used with exactly the same presentation expectations and should be trimmed to the right size and stuck in neatly
  • Children should put only 1 digit per square in maths;
  • Rulers should be used in every sum or mathematical drawing

We are going to insist on these expectations, and if it is not done well enough, we will ask the children to re-do the work.

English Skills

Writing for a purpose

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Key Stage

Writing to Entertain

Writing to Entertain

Writing to Inform

Writing to Inform

Writing to Persuade

Writing to Persuade

Writing to Discuss

Writing to Discuss