English at Hauxton Primary School
Our aim is to inspire a love of reading, writing and language, ensuring children have experience of a range of text types both in school and at home. We teach children to become confident and successful readers and writers through high quality teaching and learning, clear progression and application of skills throughout the curriculum.
Stories are read in assemblies, in class and as part of most subjects. Children apply reading skills across the curriculum and understand the importance of reading. Each week children take part in Buddy Reading which allows the older children to support the younger children with their reading. Parents are invited to attend Buddy Reading sessions.
Each class has a welcoming book corner to allow children opportunities to read and listen for pleasure in a relaxed environment.
The school has a library in the central area which can be accessed by all classes.
Each half term starts with a writing unit which lasts for roughly 3 weeks, based around a core text. The core text will embed both reading and writing skills through a text the children will become familiar with. Within each core text, children will explore a range of genres and focus on grammar skills. To assess the children’s writing, the children will have opportunities to write a text-type in another curriculum area, following on from their learning in English. This application shows how well a child has mastered different writing text-types. All children are expected to carry out writing in other curriculum areas at least twice a half term.
Early Years English
Explorer time and activities provide children with a wide range of early writing activities throughout the week.
The school uses the letter-join cursive font, www.letterjoin.co.uk. Explicit teaching of handwriting allows every child to develop fluent handwriting by year 6. High expectations of handwriting are expected across the curriculum and when ready, children are given a pen license to use in class.
Big Writes take place half termly and start with a whole school stimulus. Each child has a Big Write book which they take with them through the school. These are used as part of writing standardisation and moderation and allow staff to examine writing progression throughout the school.
Daily English should be recorded in English books, ensuring the long date is recorded and consistent marking and feedback informs targets and next steps.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar work is recorded in English books as part of the core book learning.
Each class has a specific day for spelling tests. Children take home a spelling book with 33 activities for the children to have a go at, to support the learning of spellings. Children start with 10 spellings and after two consecutive weeks of spellings, they progress on to the next 10. Children’s progressed is tracked to highlight any additional help needed.
High expectations across the curriculum ensure that writing standards are maintained, fluency is developed and opportunities to write are varied, engaging and relevant.
The school magazine provides further opportunities for children to write and share their news and hard work from throughout the term. Magazines are published termly by year 5 and 6.
English Working Wall
The English ‘Working Wall’ is used to support and enhance daily learning and cross curricular application of English knowledge.
Specific sections include:
Words of the Week
Phonics and Spelling
Punctuation and Grammar
Today’s learning including examples of annotated model texts, shared writing etc.
There should also be display opportunities to celebrate reading and writing in class.
Each classroom has a writing checklist or success criteria for children to use in all cross-curricular writing.
Speaking and Listening
The class celebration assembly, school production and termly opportunities for poetry performance and debate ensure that speaking and listening skills are developed, shared and celebrated within the class and in front of an audience.