English empowers learners. The ability to communicate, read and write opens the doorway to learning and exploring the world in which we live. English is fundamental to pupils’ learning across the curriculum, their ability to be independent and their future success.
We aim to promote high standards of spoken and written English and a lifelong love of literature. We support all children to develop as confident orators, fluent readers and purposeful writers.
All children are encouraged to be actively involved in Englsh lessons. Diversity is valued and teaching is targeted to meet the needs of individual learners. Children whose first language is not English are supported initially through their native language to access the English curriculum. Immersion assists them to develop skills in English very quickly.
The children are encouraged to develop their reading skills so they will be able to read fluently and with good understanding. Pupils are taught through individual or whole class reading sessions, as well as through engaging texts during English lessons where they develop a love of books and learn key skills such as retrieval and inference. Reading is also promoted throughout the curriculum. Parents are invited to participate in regular ‘Reading Mornings.’ In Years 2-6, teachers use ‘Pathways to Read’ to complement our writing curriculum.
At Hungerford, we follow Pathways To Write to ensure clear progression of skills from Reception through to Year Six. This ensures that there is a clear link between reading and writing and learning stems from high quality texts. All learners become immersed in a class text and base their learning around this. Within writing sessions, children are taught spelling and composition skills so they will be able to write confidently and accurately for a range of purposes. The children have the opportunity to plan, draft, edit and revise their writing.
Phonics & SPaG
The children benefit from a systematic approach to the teaching of Phonics, through Letters and Sounds, from entry to school. Children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 enjoy a daily, multi-sensory, fun Phonics lesson which secures their knowledge of letters and sounds and develops the crucial skills of segmenting and blending; essential when learning to read and write. These Phonics lessons continue in Key Stage 2 where needed or alternative strategies are used in order to ensure rapid progress.
Within the National Curriculum 2014, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar have a big focus. Children from Year One to Year Six are taught discrete sessions of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG). We also embed the teaching of SPaG in English lessons and in all other subjects. Children learn spelling patterns, a range of punctuation and the correct grammatical terminology. Half-termly spellings are shared with children and parents to enhance this working partnership between school and home.