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Hanborough Manor CE School English Curriculum

Teaching and Learning

At Hanborough Manor CE School, enjoyment and exploration of the English language is a priority. English is essential for communication in both written and spoken form. Good language skills are vital in allowing children to express their views about the world and in order to express themselves creatively. We believe that developing a love of language in our children is vital to achieving success at school and later in life. We value all aspects of the English language: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

 

Our Aims

Our aims in teaching English are that children will:

-develop the necessary skills to use the English language confidently, appropriately, and accurately to the best of their ability;

-be able to speak clearly and fluently;

-be able to listen to the spoken word attentively with understanding and pleasure;

-be literate.

 

Specific time is given to the teaching of English. Reading and writing are taught through Talk for Writing (approximately 5 hours a week). Children are introduced to a genre through a model text and other examples of the genre. The class will create a text map in FS, KS1 and lower KS2 to help them learn the text. Classes may use drama techniques to help the children understand the characters or summarise part of a story. The class model text leads into reading activities around the language and structure used. Next, the children will innovate the text by changing aspects of Punctuation, Grammar and Spelling. Finally, the children will invent their own text in response to a stimulus. Throughout the process, children will be given the opportunity to evaluate and edit their work.

 

Drama Opportunities

In addition to drama opportunities in English lessons, children take part in Christmas performances, Showcase presentations, class assemblies and end of year shows.

 

Handwriting

The school follows the ‘continuous cursive’ style of handwriting and the children use ink pens from Year 3 on, using line guides and blank paper. Handwriting is taught daily in Y1 and twice weekly in Y2.

 

Spelling

Teachers use The National Curriculum and statements from Target Tracker to ensure particular spelling rules are taught in the appropriate year group. In addition to this KS2 will also learn key word lists as stated in the National Curriculum with KS1 following ‘Letters and Sounds’. Have a go spelling books are used in all classrooms. Teachers will also keep a ‘mark book’ to record children’s scores where applicable.

 

Reading

Every child in school has a reading diary. The expectations are:

Teachers - will hear children read through a mixture of whole class, group and individual reading sessions.

Children - that they complete the diary every time they read (at home and at school). This will be a comment or a page reference.

Parents - there is an expectation that they will write that they have heard their child read. In FS & KS1 this is 5 times per week and in KS2 this is 3 times per week.

 

National Expectations

COLOUR

READING AGE

Foundation Stage

Pink

RA 5 years – 6.5 years

 

Red

Year 1

Yellow

 

Blue

 

Green

Year 2

Orange

RA 6.5 – 7 years

 

Turquoise

RA 7-7.5 years

 

Purple

RA 7.5-8 years

Year 3

Gold

RA 8-8.5 years

 

White

RA 8.5-9 years

The reading ages above MUST NOT be used on their own because it rarely measures comprehension. Even when a child has a matching reading/chronological age this does not mean they have reached the NC expectations for reading.

 


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