English including phonics
At Hermitage Primary School we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. It should inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage and promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word. We aim to promote a positive attitude to English and engender a life-long love of language and communication by learning about literacy skills through quality children’s text and books that interest, inspire and excite readers.
We want our children to read easily, fluently and with good understanding. We aim to develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly, accurately and coherently and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
We want to inspire our children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening, using discussion in order to learn and being able to elaborate and explain their understanding and ideas clearly, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate. We want to ensure that all pupils acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and a knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
We believe that a secure basis in literacy skills will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society and enable them to learn and develop their knowledge and skills to their highest potential.
- We use quality texts to plan carefully sequenced English units of work.
- In Key Stage One we teach Phonics every day. We currently follow *Letters and Sounds. (see below)
- Children write for a variety of purposes and audiences and in a range of contexts. Work for English and for cross curricular writing is displayed with pride throughout the school.
- Each classroom displays a variety of labels, captions, visual aids, interactive questions and prompts to help with literacy teaching and learning
- We encourage all children to read and enjoy a variety of reading materials including fiction, poetry and non-fiction.
- What pupils say about English in our school:
"We read exciting books with good pictures to help us to tell stories."
"My teacher thinks up lots of exciting things to do about the books we read. It's good fun!"
"I love challenging myself to do better each time I take an Accelerated Reader quiz."
"It's great to see how my work improves from my first attempt to my final attempt."
"I'm just a book worm - I love to be reading a good book where I get to know all the characters."
"Our teacher reads us stories- she leaves us with a cliffhanger each day!"
The DfE have produced some top tips for parents supporting reading at home. You can read more about it here!
*We are currently looking at a number of validated schemes in line with DfE Guidance-