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.
At High Hazels Academy, our learning revolves around high quality, wider-curriculum-linked texts which promotes the importance and a love of reading to all. Our pupils have a whole class reading lesson every day which is skill focused, inclusive and immersive. Reading is a prominent part of each day at High Hazels Academy: daily reading lessons, independent reading and reading in the wider curriculum and story time. Our daily reading lessons progress from FS1 to year 6 to allow our pupils to develop their reading skills and become fluent readers (see reading progression flow chart to see this process). In foundation stage and year one, children learn to decode through Read, Write, Inc. phonics and guided reading sessions. From year two, pupils are immersed in texts with the focus on rich vocabulary development, enhancing background knowledge and developing key reading strategies (see S.S.I.F. strategies document for more information). In addition to this, children are taught key strategies to answer questions from the reading domains and then are given the opportunity to review their learning in a weekly review lesson of mixed content domain questions. (See teaching structure for a more in-depth breakdown of our year 2 to year 6 reading teaching structure.)
Please click on teaching structure, reading progression flow chart and SSIF strategies document to support your understating of how you child learns to read at our school.
Reading Home Learning
Children reading independently is a vital part of a child’s reading development, so they need to be encouraged to choose books to read regularly. To support this, we ensure that children have access to books at home, this is through Accelerated reader online and/or children taking books from their class libraries. Children are expected to read every day and document this in their reading records. Every week the reading ambassadors, count-up how many times each class has read, and the winning class is reward in assembly with a certificate and class points. We encourage parents to get their children enthused in reading books by taking them to the local library and giving them time and a cosy space to read as part of your daily routine.
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It is our intent at High Hazels Academy to provide pupils with a high-quality education in English that will teach pupils to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively.
Our writing lessons are linked closely to reading, where pupils develop their writing using high quality texts. A well-chosen text provides rich language models and structures from which children can learn how writing works and the effect it can have on a reader. With a rich diet of quality texts and enriching experiences, children will be able to find their own reasons to write and develop a style that fits the purpose, audience and form intended.
At High Hazels Academy writing is a crucial part of our curriculum. All children from Foundation Stage to Year 6 are provided with many opportunities to develop and apply their writing skills during their writing lessons and across the whole curriculum.
To be able to do this effectively we implement our writing lessons based on the Rosenshine principles of instruction. Pupils focus on developing effective transcription and effective composition as well as developing an awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. At High Hazels Academy, we want pupils to see modelled writing, so we engage in cooperative writing, showing the teacher as a writer, allows children to be supported when developing their ideas, skills and writing style. We also intend for pupils to leave school being able to use fluent, legible and speedy handwriting.
With regards to spelling our focus in KS1 is to develop a sound knowledge of phonics using segmenting and oral blending technique to help them to spell. Alongside this, teachers show pupils how to understand the relationships between words, to understand their meaning. They will also teach pupils how to work out and clarify the meanings of unknown words and words with more than one meaning. Pupils will develop memory strategies from KS1 to help them remember how to spell difficult words.
At High Hazels we want pupils’ to celebrate their writing through authentic publication and presentation of their work. We believe that publishing work for an audience gives children a real purpose to write and creates a sense of pride. This can be done in a variety of ways from sharing their work online, to collecting poems to create a class anthology, holding story slams, to performing a play they are studying. We want every child at High Hazels School to be the best writer they can be.