Subject Leader - Miss Whitehead
At Hatch Warren Junior School English is taught daily in every classroom. English is not only a subject in its own right, but it is also the medium through which all curriculum areas are taught. Our English curriculum follows the National Curriculum and falls into the sections of:
Speaking and Listening:
Children often work in pairs or small groups to discuss and develop their ideas in all subjects.
All children regularly visit the school library and are allowed to borrow a library book of their choice and a Bug Club book at their level. We follow the Bug Club reading scheme, which children gradually work their way through. This is supported at most levels by online access to the Bug Club computer system, which allows the children to read books online at home and in school and complete comprehension-based tasks related to them.
Guided reading lessons are taught 4 days a week in each class, where the children are involved in a cycle of reading activities, one of which is directly supported by the class teacher. Children read regularly within the daily Literacy lesson and also receive opportunities to read in all curriculum areas.
Children use their writing across the curriculum. When writing, children are encouraged to develop their ideas and experiment with language and writing styles. We really value the content of the writing rather than simply the presentation or technical accuracy. Each year group focuses on either fiction or non-fiction during each half-term. During this time, Literacy is taught in shorter 2-3 week units of work based around specific texts. Children are encouraged to write daily and each unit concludes with a longer piece of writing, which allows the children to demonstrate the skills they have learnt within it.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
Each class follows a different spelling pattern each week. Children are encouraged to investigate spellings to look for rules and patterns that will help them to remember them. In addition to a weekly spelling lesson, children have 2-3 follow-up lessons where they play spelling games or spelling tasks to help them learn the spellings. Spelling lists are sent home weekly so that parents can help their children at home. Spelling tests are on Tuesdays and are completed in the back of the Literacy Homework book.
Punctuation and grammar are taught both discretely and through Literacy units.
Handwriting is taught formally in Year 3 and then within classes as necessary as children progress through the school. We teach a joined script to help children writing quickly and legibly.
Please have a look at the English attachments, which show our vision for English, as well the National Curriculum for English upon which our curriculum is based. There are also summaries of the documents that we use for planning and assessment for reading and writing. Within the National Curriculum can be found a helpful summary of spellings taught and a glossary of grammatical language, which we teach the children.
A Vision Statement For English
At HWJS we value English as a main subject as well as a medium through which all subjects are taught. We aim to develop a whole school approach to English that values our rich and varied literacy heritage and ensures continuity and progression so all children:
Develop a love of reading enabling them to read fluently and with good understanding for pleasure and information.
Can explain their ideas and beliefs articulately.
Are able to participate in discussions and debates demonstrating good speaking and listening skills.
Can write clearly accurately and coherently for a variety of purposes and audiences.
Can spell accurately by applying spelling conventions and experimenting with new vocabulary.
Understand and apply grammatical conventions in their work.