'Love, Courage and Fellowship'
As Linguists, our INTENT is
to provide an engaging English curriculum which will develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We aim to inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage and a habit of reading for pleasure, widely and often.
We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately, using the mechanics of good literacy and adapt their language and style to suit range of contexts. Children will explain their authorial choices and the impact these have on the reader.
Opportunities are embedded throughout the curriculum to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening; encouraging them to use discussion to communicate and further their learning.
We believe that children need to develop a secure grasp of skills and knowledge in English; following a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. We believe that a firm grasp of literacy skills is crucial to accessing all education and these will give our children the tools they need to enjoy learning and to participate fully as a member of society.
We IMPLEMENT this through:
Our text led curriculum is at the centre of our Learning Quest approach to our curriculum.
A text driver is chosen and a wide range of supporting, or parallel texts are chosen to ensure that all children experience a breadth of text style and genre.
Our curriculum closely follows the aims of the National Curriculum for English 2014 and we use the Hampshire Assessment Model to ensure that children meet curriculum phased age-related expectations.
At Chawton CE Primary School, children learn to read in English sessions and to apply and develop these skills across the entire curriculum. In whole class discussions (Book Talk) and in small guided groups, children learn to discuss and develop their understanding of fiction and non-fiction texts. Classroom book corners are well resourced with engaging, up to date texts which invite the children to read widely and develop a love of reading. We also have a very well-equipped, inviting library which is open to children during lunch breaks and for classes to visit regularly.
Early Reading: Phonics
Reading is taught at Chawton CE Primary School using the Read Write Inc programme.
From Reception, children are taught the sounds in English, the letters that represent them, and how to form the letters when writing. The Read Write Inc approach includes reading books written using only the letters and sounds they have learnt at each level (and a small number of separately taught 'tricky words'). The programme continues through Key Stage One, where children attend a daily session in smaller groups tailored to their individual learning stages.
The children read a variety of texts from the sets of brightly illustrated books that accompany the programme. Each session includes comprehension skills, spelling and sentence dictations ('holding a sentence') in order to support their reading and writing.
Our bespoke reading records have been designed to support our parents and children with every step of their reading journey. This starts with support with the graphemes children will use to decode their closely matched reading book with to starting to develop their comprehension skills further.
There are example questions throughout the reading record to support our parents in encouraging their child/ren and in fostering a deep-rooted love for reading.
Planning for Writing
Our planning follows the HIAS English 3 phased approach:
Stimulate and Generate, Capture, Sift and Sort and Create, Refine and Evaluate.
Teachers will model writing construction at all stages, ensuring the metacognitive processes are
shared, whether this is one sentence or a complete form.
Stimulate and Generate: is an opportunity to delve into the text driver (this can be a film, a poem, an advert, a novel, a non-fiction text etc.) and become immersed in the world through discussion, drama and book talk.
Capture, Sift and Sort is a time for children to practise the skills needed to write. This includes grammar, sentence construction, spelling and phonics as well as the opportunity to write at length during one, or more apprentice writes.
During the Create, Refine and Evaluate stage, children will draft, write and evaluate their ‘final’ outcome; teachers will model as appropriate and address misconceptions throughout.
Once our children have completed our Read, Write Inc phonics programme, they are ready to learn how to spell words with more complex spelling rules and patterns. To support our children with this we use the Read, Write Inc Spelling programme. This is taught at least 3x a week from year 2 onwards. To complement this, children also use multi-sensory approaches to strengthen muscle memory and ensure they have rapid recall of high frequency words and Common Exception Words.
Parental support is vital for this aspect of English and each term, parents are supported through a leaflet to help them support their child in learning spellings in interesting, multi-sensory ways.
At Chawton we are very proud of our pupil’s handwriting and take particular care in our handwriting style.
We use Letter-join’s on-line handwriting resource and Lesson Planners as the basis of our handwriting policy as it covers all the requirements of the National Curriculum.
Please encourage your child to use this letter formation in all writing.
Handwriting is a basic skill that influences the quality of work throughout the curriculum. By the end of Key Stage 2 all pupils should have the ability to produce fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy joined up handwriting, and to understand the different forms of handwriting used for different purposes.
Our intention is to make handwriting an automatic process that does not interfere with creative and mental thinking. This is why we teach cursive handwriting from reception.
Fluency – Clarity – Accuracy – Coherence
The Aims of the Primary English Programme of Study
The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
As a result, we have a community of enthusiastic readers and writers who enjoy showcasing their developing English knowledge and skills. They are confident to take risks in their reading and writing in English and across the wider curriculum. They enjoy discussing and sharing their ideas.
Our attainment at the end of EYFS, KS1 and KS2 is above that of both Hampshire (LA) and above national average.
Governors, through the Governor Monitoring Plan and Subject Leader Reports, evaluate the work of subject leaders in ensuring that the quality of teaching and learning across the school is at least good. They ensure that pupils are ready for transition to secondary school and are equipped with the skills to flourish and succeed as caring individuals.