'Pupils at St. Helen's Juniors love their school'. . . . . . . . . . . 'The school's inclusive, welcoming atmosphere ensures that pupils are settled and happy'. . . . . . . . . . . 'Pupils consistently meet the school's high expectations. Their conduct is impeccable.' . . . . . . . . . . 'Pupils of all ages are proud to take on responsibilities.' . . . . . . . . . . 'Pupils enthusiastically embrace the many exciting things there are to do at school.' . . . . . . . . . . 'Reading is a high priority of the school'. . . . . . . . . . . 'Pupils with SEND are well supported to access the same demanding curriculum as other pupils and have the same breadth of opportunity.' . . . . . . . . . . (OFSTED September 2023)
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Since the ability to read opens the door to knowledge, great stress is put on reading and other Literacy skills.


Children have access to a wide range of material using a structured approach, so that all children get the help they need at each stage of development.  Children are encouraged to listen, to read and write for a variety of purposes, and in a variety of ways, to develop the appropriate vocabulary, appreciation of ideas and an attitude leading to confidence, enjoyment and enthusiasm for language.


Regular practice in the motor skill of handwriting is necessary.  The aim is a good legible hand and a style that comes easily.  Children are provided with regular handwriting practice.


Our aim in language teaching is for every child leaving our primary school, having enjoyed their years here, to be able to read fluently and with understanding, able to write and enjoy writing, and to be articulate and at ease with people they meet.  The school uses the National Literacy Strategy Framework for teaching English.

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Below you will also find an example of the handwriting we teach at St. Helen's. This is the handwriting that all children should be aiming to use for their classwork and homework.