English at Hullavington CofE Primary School

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Speaking and Listening

Reading

At Hullavington we believe that reading is the best gift that you could give your child and we recognise that reading is an essential part of all areas of learning. Pupils read in daily guided reading session and when possible individually to teachers, TA’s and volunteers.

Reading skills are considered a priority, thus enabling pupils to read fluently and with understanding, to read for information and to use with confidence a wide range of printed material. We have a range of attractive books and a variety of reading scheme books, which we add to and update regularly. Pupils are encouraged to believe in themselves as ‘readers’ and to enjoy all books; by reading and being read to at home and in school. The school library has a large selection of both fiction and non-fiction books which the children may borrow.

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Phonics

Children are taught various strategies to help them learn to read, including phonics (sounds), whole word recognition and picture clues. In reception and Key stage 1 we use the `Letters and Sounds’ programme as a basis.

Involvement from home is encouraged right from the start where parents are invited to see how Phonics is taught and how they can help their child by asking questions about the text.

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Writing

During daily phonic sessions, pupils learn strategies to spell words and to formulate sentences. In reception and Key Stage One children are given daily opportunities to write freely within a particular genre and across the curriculum. This gives them the opportunity to become emergent writers.

We ensure our writers spend time preparing, mulling ideas over, finding out information, generating ideas and organising their thoughts before they start to write. They can then create simple, manageable plans to help them with the writing process. Pupils draft out their ideas, ensuring they rehearse sentences and parts of sentences to ensure it makes sense and to ensure there is a good flow. Pupils are encouraged to read aloud their writing and to work together to decide how writing can be improved.

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We establish a positive climate for writing by providing pupils with,

  • Access to a wide range of quality reading including non-fiction, stories, poetry and playscripts,
  • Inviting authors, story tellers and poets into school,
  • Spreading enthusiasm for all sorts of reading and writing,
  • Creating frequent opportunities to publish writing,
  • Writing about subjects that matter to the pupils,

We teach key spelling rules and introduce pupils to vocabulary that allows them to write imaginative and creative texts. Our teaching of sentence structure and grammar encourages pupils to become competent and mature writers.  Opportunities for writing occur throughout the curriculum so that pupils learn to write for different purposes and audiences.

We are good at creating writing themes which are vibrant, fun and interesting for the writer – we like to involve the pupils when deciding writing topics.

Family Learning

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We like to involve our parents so that we work together as a team to develop their children’s literacy skills.  We run workshops to explain how we teach specific aspects of literacy.  

We ran a puppet workshop for our pupils and parents – fun was had by all!!