English, at Hanbury’s Farm Primary school, forms an integral part of the curriculum and has values which underpin all other subjects in the entire primary curriculum. The aim for English at Hanbury’s Farm is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
It is our goal that pupils will leave school with a set of skills required to read confidently and fluently and to have a broad writing skill set – being able to write imaginatively and freely in a range of styles, genres and text types. Children will have experienced and gained a coherent knowledge of many significant authors and poets, with an understanding of their writing style, audience and purpose by the time they leave KS2.
We aim to encourage children by immersing them in rich texts and vocabulary and helping them become confident to participate in, and drive discussions about the area they are studying – whatever the subject - essentially, igniting their interest and improve their questioning skills regarding the topic.
Our school follows a tailor-made programme to suit our pupils, which is designed upon the expectations outlined in the National Curriculum. Staff use progression documents to ensure skills are build-upon, in a structured way, and are developed upon in each year group (spiral curriculum). This programme is inclusive to all pupils, and can be adjusted to meet the needs of differing cohorts year upon year. In both reading and writing sessions, links to other areas of the curriculum are made, where appropriate and beneficial. Some of these include links to history topics, geography and science. For children to gain a secure understanding of grammar and the relevant terminology, English writing sessions are structured with a separate grammar lesson built in each week. Children also use grammatical codes (G4W) where they will independently identify what grammar would suit a particular piece of writing and identify their use of these.
Throughout the school, all pupils will participate in daily writing lessons, linked to a class novel/text; within these lessons, children will have the opportunity to plan, compose, edit and polish their work. They will have the chance to learn and practise new writing skills to make this possible. We feel making links between reading and writing is vital, therefore, our daily writing sessions strongly direct our reading session focus.
All pupils in KS2 will take part in structured daily reading sessions where they will improve their fluency, expression and intonation by reading aloud to an audience and in a variety of ways, throughout various parts of the school day, in a range of lessons. They will learn and practise reading skills such as prediction, retrieval, inference, summarising and comparison, to enable them to become skilled and confident readers with a secure understanding of the text. New vocabulary will be discussed and learnt daily, using an extensive amount of books to ensure variety. A range of books/class texts will be used, including longer novels, to improved children’s sustained reading time and reading speed. Pupils in KS2 also have access to the online reading programme ‘Reading Plus’; this is used as a reading support tool both in school (three sessions a week) and at home.
Our intention is to enhance English teaching and learning across the school through enrichment days, competitions and celebrations in each year group; these experiences, along with well-planned lessons are designed to promote literacy skills, enthuse and inspire, encouraging a ‘thirst for knowledge’ and a love for English.