The national curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject.
At St Edward's we believe that:
“Cultural literacy is important and if you don’t know those key facts in the society you live in your permanently disadvantaged LIFE. I think that is a key fact”- Sir Michael Barber
The term "Cultural literacy" probably originated from Professor E. D Hirsch. His work referred to having the ability to understand and participate fluently in a given culture, and for us that is our British culture. Cultural literacy is the ability to read and write.
A literate person knows the alphabet, grammar, and good set of vocabulary which they gain over time.
The culturally literate person is able to talk to and understand others of that culture with fluency. They also have the skills to talk to and understand other cultures. They can participate in their own culture especially in areas regarded as key cultural strongholds such as business, literature, art, education, history and religion.
The culturally illiterate person fails to understand their own or other cultures, references to past events, expressions, names, places, etc. and therefore will be disadvantaged.
At St Edward's, we attach great importance to the teaching and learning of reading and writing; believing that great readers become great writers.
Grammar and sentence construction are taught throughout our extensive curriculum. Correct spelling is crucial in written communication, particularly for those children in the Juniors. It is our policy that children across all key stages write using cursive script.
It is our aim to provide meaningful opportunities that enable the children to write both independently and unaided.
As a school, we offer a wide range of stimulating resources, including a well-stocked library, where we use the 'Accelerated Reader' scheme to maximise the attainment of all our learners.
Parents are actively encouraged to engage and support their child in their English learning. We hold regular parent workshops and 'Book Looks' which help to inform parents of their children's learning.
For our assessment, we use Pupil Assest across KS1-2 and EEXaT in EYFS.