Out Lady of Grace Catholic Junior School

Newsletter 15 is now available for parents/carers to read. Our Ofsted report has now been published and we are delighted to report that we have maintained our 'Outstanding' grade in every area! Huge thanks to our whole school community. Please read the report in: Parents - Letters Home.

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At Our Lady of Grace Junior School, we aim to help children become confident users of all aspects of the English language. Language and literature are at the heart of each individual’s humanity and we respect the many languages that our pupils bring to school.


We recognise that English is a core subject within the National Curriculum and a prerequisite for educational and social progress. Language empowers children to communicate creatively and imaginatively, as well as allows them to interact with the world at large. With success in English, all of our children can succeed in all areas of their learning. 




At Our Lady of Grace Junior School we aim to inspire a love of English and as a staff and community, we work closely together to provide curiosity and enthusiasm, building upon the skills from Year 3- Year 6 and beyond. Our reading curriculum intends to inspire children's imagination and create readers, actors, poets and authors of the future. Whilst learning about key writing and reading genres across the curriculum and supporting a greater depth of understanding of these through a variety of well-considered texts, children also learn about the key grammatical features that make up the English language and how they as readers can use these features to develop their reading fluency and expression.


The 2014 National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all children:

  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding.
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
  • Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.
  • Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.


At Our Lady of Grace Junior School we combine these fundamental principles with a love of reading, and these are embedded in English lessons and in all areas of cross-curricular learning. We aim to follow clear pathways of progression as each child advances through the primary curriculum.  We are committed to providing clear, rich and high-quality examples of English through both our teaching and the exposure of the children to high quality texts and the building of the children’s individual collection of the spine books that they study. We aim to ensure that each child recognises the significance of secure English skills for their future success.

At the heart of our school ethos is the idea that every child can achieve, and we believe that nurturing this growth mindset will equip the children with skills to embrace life opportunities.





Our approach to reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar skills at Our Lady of Grace gives all of our children the opportunity to succeed. We use whole-class teaching which encourages children to understand and master a concept before moving on to the next aspect of their learning. Our English lessons are designed to break down the National Curriculum into smaller and achievable steps of learning with the building of skills in each lesson and year group. This high-quality teaching is supported by our use of The Power of Reading Scheme, The Spelling Shed spelling scheme, Oxford Reading Tree Scheme, our cross-school Guided Reading Scheme, the high-quality texts, planning and teaching that we provide at Our Lady of Grace, and The Reading Eggs Scheme. The school ethos with our approach to reading and writing is also not limited to simply English lessons and instead a cross-curricular and teaching through books ideology has been implemented in the last academic year and is constantly evolving to include high-quality texts which compliments all aspects of the children’s learning.


We also aim to ensure that there is:

* ‘focused' learning of reading, writing, speaking and listening, in periods specifically allocated to this work.

*  learning, which goes on throughout the school day and throughout all curriculum areas.

* 'Excellence and Enjoyment,' as we seek to promote high-quality English skills across the whole curriculum.


Equal importance is given to each of these areas of learning.




Our school has a supportive ethos that looks to develop children’s collaborative and independent skills whilst recognising each child’s achievements and the achievements of others. Our growth mindset allows our children to understand that they can all achieve in English promoting both challenge and success in children’s reading and writing skills. Our regular and ongoing assessment in English alongside the intervention, support, and celebration of the children’s achievements through internal ‘Reading challenge’ which allow the children to celebrate their love of English whilst also developing their skills and understanding. The achievement of our ‘pen licenses’ also encourages the children to take pride in their work, increasing a focus on presentation and accuracy with spelling rules, grammatical rules which further enhance children’s understanding of what they are reading, and inspire high-quality writing achieved through modelling. These factors ensure that we maintain high standards in English and the achievement of our children at the end of KS2.






At Our Lady of Grace we aim to promote a love of reading through our 'Reading First Approach,' this is used across the school and in partnership with home, it is to bring success to reading for all students. 

During many parent/teacher consultations we have been asked reading advice and we ask that you: 

- Read with your child for at least 15- 30 minutes every night, the more regularly you read the 
  quicker your child will make progress. 
- Listen to them read out loud so you can check for expression and fluency (i.e. not   
  monotone and robotic sounding). 
- Use the questions provided to help you to further develop your child’s understanding of 
  what they are reading.
- Encourage your child to read a range of text types: fiction, non-fiction and poetry.   
- Model reading. If they see you as a reader, your child will be more likely to become a 
  reader too. 


This will enrich your child's understanding and reading experiences. 

Reading Records 

Each child is expected to complete a reading record entry at least 5 or 6 times each week (depending on their year group- your child's teacher will have explained this expectation to them.) They should write a response to the 15- 30 minutes of reading they have completed that evening. Their entries should be varied and creative, children should pick from the Reading Activities Menu in the front of their reading record, these include tasks such as:

- Explain what has happened in the part I have read. 

- Create a character profile.

- Design a new front cover. 
- Write a character description using evidence from the book.
- Discuss what I think about a character’s actions using evidence from the book. 
- Predict what I think will happen next using evidence from the story.



At Our Lady of Grace, our writing curriculum intends to inspire our children's imagination and love of literacy to create the writers of the future. Whilst learning about key writing genres across the curriculum and supporting a greater depth of understanding of these through a variety of well-considered texts, children also learn about the key grammatical features that make up the English language and how they, as writers, can use these features to develop their writing skills and be able to effectively write for any audience.


The curriculum has been developed to focus on and build upon several core genres of texts, different writing purposes and audiences. Spelling and grammar with a careful and consistent progression of skills and knowledge allow the children to make the necessary connections on their learning journey. 


The children build upon their phonic knowledge from Key Stage 1 and their exposure to language across the curriculum, to enable them to become independent and confident writers in all subjects. The children explore different genres with the opportunity to write their own narratives, poems, non-chronological reports, diaries, reports, newspaper articles, debates and discussion texts. 



Many students are actively completing the Reading Challenge!  


The Reading Challenge has been running in our school for the last two years.  Each child is asked to try and read twelve books from the Reading Challenge box in their class over the year. The reading of four books and completion of the appropriate challenge sheets ensures that the children are awarded the Bronze Reading Award, after eight books the children achieve the Silver Reading Award, after twelve books the children achieve the Gold Reading Award. They will be introduced to exciting authors, genres, scenarios and characters and the boxes are constantly being updated. Your child will be supported by their class teacher when picking their book however, if your child is finding reading the book independently a challenge, we ask you to share this book with them. Please support your child in completing their challenge. 




  • To be able to spell and read all high frequency words.
  • To be able to use full stops and capital letters consistently and independently when writing.



  • To form all letters correctly and of uniform size to enable joined writing.
  • To use a range of connectives and punctuation independently in all pieces of writing.
    (and  so  but   because    meanwhile   despite    first   after  etc.)
    (,   ?   !   " " ...) 
  • To use a range of openers in sentences.


Year 5

  • To recognise, annotate and write a variety of text types
  • To develop a range of formal vocabulary
  • To be able to form a number of complex sentences using different sentence structures

Year 6

  • To be secure in a range of text types
  • To use a range of punctuation (-;:) 



Our Reading Journey at OLOG

Today. A Reader. Tomorrow A Leader.

OLOG Reading Challenge

OLOG Visit Willesden Library

Reading in Our New Nature Garden

World Book Day! We painted our favourite characters onto puppet spoons.

Examples of Our Reading Record Entries!

Introducing Reading Records

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We believe that reading is at the core of all learning and at OLOG, it is extremely important to us that the children are reading every night. Each reading record entry is a mini writing opportunity and should allow for creativity and imagination. The reading records that have gone home this term look slightly different and ask the children to undertake a variety of tasks to celebrate what they have read. These have been designed to support the children in working towards the end of Key Stage 2 expectations.

Watch the video below to see how the reading records work and to look at some exemplar entries.