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English Curriculum

Curriculum Statement

At Hillyfield, it is our intention to develop pupils’ ability to communicate effectively in a  wide range of circumstances and equip them with the skills to participate fully and actively in a modern society. 

It is our aim for children to speak, read and  write with confidence, fluency and understanding, enabling them to become independent, confident  and creative learners. Through our enthusiastic teaching of English, we aim to foster in children a  pleasure for books in their own right.    We believe that through building a love of English, primarily through the reading and study of a high-quality and diverse range of texts, we can enable pupils to develop culturally, emotionally and socially. We intend that all children will leave Hillyfield Primary Academy with the skills necessary to succeed in the wider world, able to articulate their opinions,  respond thoughtfully and respectfully to the ideas of others and write clearly for a range of purposes and audiences.   

We also believe strongly in the principles of writing for pleasure and that all children should have the opportunity to:

  • feel the need to write and experience the fun and enjoyment in practising the craft of writing

  • feel confident and happy when engaging in the writing process

  • be part of a writing community, able to discuss their own writing and how it feels to be a writer

  • discover their own writing voice and be proud of their writing achievements

We strive for all adults and children within our school community to read and write for pleasure - to be motivated readers, writers and excellent communicators.

In Key Stages 1 and 2 there are a wide range of genres taught throughout the year that are carefully linked to writing purposes.  Planned sequentially within a writing purpose per half term across the school, will be a variety of  speaking, listening, reading and writing opportunities, which are clearly mapped out in the year group’s long term planning. English skills are used as the vehicle for communication in all curriculum areas.  

 

Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage experience English through speaking and listening in both formal and informal situations and for different purposes. EYFS writing focuses mainly on narrative and retelling of stories, and ensuring that children are given the time and space to talk about and create their own stories in daily storytelling sessions and writing workshops.  They experience reading through a range of phonetic texts, simple texts and books and are encouraged to write for a variety of purposes through play activities. Children are encouraged to be  creative and to experiment through mark-making to record their thinking in a variety of ways.  Phonics, spelling and handwriting skills are also taught formally at this stage through activities  planned in line with the whole school schemes of work and Early Development Outcomes.

 

English Events

At Hillyfield, we aim to provide all children with a deeply meaningful, holistic English curriculum and whole-school events play a crucial part in this. Weaving national events through our whole school calendar, we offer our pupils an extensive range of planned opportunities, such as: National Poetry Day, World Book Day and the Book Trust’s annual Pyjamarama. As well as marking annual events, we also have a range of bespoke events, including: readathons, author visits and opportunities for the children to share their work with the wider community. The purpose of these events is not only to give the children exciting, memorable experiences, but also to create an authentic sense of community around spoken and written word which promotes a sense of belonging for children and staff alike.

  • National Poetry Week

    • During National Poetry Week, all year groups are asked to explore a particular theme. Children participate in daily writing and opportunities for recitals - with teachers encouraged to foster each child’s writerly identity through the poetic form. The week culminates in a whole-school event in which adults and children share the creative culmination of their week.

  • World Book Day

    • Always a focal event of our school calendar, World Book Day always creates a real buzz around our school as all year groups gather to share our love of reading and books.

  • Whole-school ‘Readathons’

    • All children are encouraged to participate in the annual readathon, to read widely and read for pleasure to include as many books that interest them.   The children are given certificates to celebrate their reading achievements and this is also marked in class and whole school assemblies.  

 

English Schemes of Work

At Hillyfield, we don’t follow a specific scheme of work for English.  English planning is carefully created considering the needs of the children and the National Curriculum requirements for each year group.  English lessons for each half term focus on writing purpose and audience, along with core texts that exemplify the language and skills being taught. Whole Class Guided Reading uses a whole text for a half term, along with supplementary non-fiction and poetry texts,  and lessons are mapped out to cover the key reading objectives for each year group.  

 

Online Resources and Support for Parents

To support children with their reading and writing at home, pupils take books home every week to read with or to an adult.  The children use Spelling Shed to access and practise their weekly spellings. In KS2, classes use Read Theory - a website where children can practise their comprehension skills using manageable texts. Below are some websites you can access to support your child’s reading and writing at home:

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/

ttps://readtheory.org/auth/login 

https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/

https://www.booksfortopics.com/

https://www.theschoolrun.com/primary-grammar-glossary-for-parents

 

 

 

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