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English at High Hazels Academy is comprised of speaking and listening, reading and writing, with a focus on developing children’s opportunities to speak, read and write within their daily English lessons, in the wider curriculum and beyond. We are focused on giving our pupils an education with character through publishing and presentation experiences.

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 and retell stories and learn how to present to an audience within and beyond the classroom.


Our approach

At High Hazels Academy, our learning revolves around high quality, curriculum-linked texts which promote 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, 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 (click here to see reading progression flow chart to see this process and click here to view the progression of skills) In foundation stage and year one and at other points for identified pupils, children learn to decode through Read, Write, Inc. Phonics.  In all year groups, 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. (click here to see teaching structure for a more in-depth breakdown of our year 2 to year 6 reading teaching structure.)

 SSIF strategies document

Reading  for pleasure

Children and families having the passion for reading is vital for their development and wellbeing. We encourage an environment of a love of reading and an enrichment of a wide range of authors and text types, throughout our curriculum and reading for pleasure programme, 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 Bug club online and/or children taking books from their class libraries. Children are expected to read every day and document this in their reading records.  We encourage parents to get their children enthused in reading books by taking them to the local library, giving them time and a cosy space to read, and parents stories together as a family.  Please click on Bug Club to access your child's personalised online books.

Reading Workshop Presentation

Reading Workshop Leaflet

Please click here to view our long term English curriculum plan


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