English is comprised of speaking and listening, reading and writing. It is taught daily.
Speaking and Listening: We expect our children to become confident and articulate speakers so our curriculum is full of opportunities for speaking and listening. Our children debate and discuss, use drama, contribute to presentations and work collaboratively to develop their mastery of the spoken word. They listen to stories and learn to listen to the teacher and one another carefully.
Reading: Good learners read well . They read widely and often . This means that there is a heavy emphasis in our curriculum on the development of reading. Our children are taught reading daily. They also read as part of most lessons. All EYFS and KS1 children receive a daily phonics lesson. We use synthetic phonics to teach early decoding, reading and spelling skills. The core literacy scheme at KS1 is Read Write Inc . Children make rapid progress in reading and we expect the majority to be reading away from schemes by the middle of year 2. At High Hazels we have implemented research-based methods of teaching reading through whole class focus on high quality fiction and non-fiction texts. We are focusing on questioning, comprehension and vocabulary in order to develop inference. Parents please click here for our Bug Club infomation and Guide for Parents
Writing: Children are encouraged to ‘write’ from the very start of their time in school. Text led lessons allow opportunities for children to write purposefully for a range of audiences and experience writing in a range of genre. In EYFS and KS1 the ‘Talk for writing’ strategy, developed by Pie Corbett, is used to build fluency authorial language. Secretarial skills of Handwriting, spelling, punctuation and grammar are taught discretely and the accurate application of these skills is expected across the curriculum. Children often publish their writing- creating newspaper articles, contributing to class anthologies, creating their own stories and making use of technology to blog, tweet and email.