English

A child’s ability to communicate is vital to all aspects of their learning, so English learning cuts across all areas of the curriculum. We also plan for literacy-specific learning every day in school in line with the expectations of the 2014 National Curriculum.

Our aim is for all Haseltine children to be confident and enthusiastic speakers, readers and writers, so we provide a broad range of daily activities for children to develop and apply their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Included in this provision are opportunities for public speaking and drama activities and reading and writing in different styles and for different purposes.

Our aim is for all Haseltine children to be confident and enthusiastic speakers, readers and writers, so we provide a broad range of daily activities for children to develop and apply their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Included in this provision are opportunities for public speaking and drama activities and reading and writing in different styles and for different purposes.

Reading

A home reading scheme is operated throughout the school whereby children bring home books to share with their families each week. As well as fostering a love of reading, this gives the school and parents a regular way of communicating about children’s reading. Instilling a love of reading is a key aim of our reading curriculum, so children do get opportunities throughout the week to read for pleasure. These opportunities include daily story times, whole class reading sessions and buddy reading with their partner classes in the library.

Years 2 – 6 have a daily half an hour reading session where the children are taught key reading skills in a whole class setting. These sessions are planned for from a whole class text and help children develop their verbal and written comprehension skills.

In Year 1, the children take part in a scheme called Daily Supported Reading. In these sessions the children enjoy daily independent reading in small groups matched to their independent reading level and are led by a trained adult. If there are children in year 2 who have gaps in their fluency (overall pace of reading) they are also enrolled into the Daily Supported Reading scheme.

Writing

The use of engaging, relevant and high quality texts is central to our writing curriculum. These act as stimuli for children to develop and extend their writing skills. Children write for purpose wherever possible on a theme linked to the half termly topic. This commitment to ensuring the children write for purpose is why we have planned our writing curriculum around a scheme called ‘Grammar for Writing’. This scheme has been adapted into three curriculums: EYFS and Year 1,  KS1 and Year 3 and Years 4 – 6.

Writing Owl

Phonics

In the EYFS and KS1, phonics is taught daily. At Haseltine, we follow Letters and Sounds. In addition to planned phonics sessions, the children are encouraged to apply this in their own reading and writing. In KS2, children who have gaps in their phonic knowledge receive additional teaching or intervention to ensure that they are fluent in using phonics.

 

Spelling

Every week, children from Years 1 to Year 6 have a spelling test. Spellings are also set for the following week, and sent home to be practised. The children will also practise personalised spellings in class if the need arises.

Grammar

The teaching of grammar is embedded in English units wherever possible. Sometimes, there will also be a need to spend whole lessons on grammar to ensure understanding. Children are taught to recognise and manipulate for effect different word classes, i.e. nouns and verbs. Correct punctuation is modelled at all times in lessons, and children are expected to use punctuation appropriate to their age and stage in their writing

Handwriting

At Haseltine, children are encouraged to use a cursive script from the Foundation Stage. This is practised daily throughout the school to ensure excellence.