English is a vital part of a child’s learning and ensures that children are equipped for society. At Hallam Primary School we aim to provide children with a good quality curriculum, where English is a focus and the skills of reading, writing and spoken language are developed. Children also develop their love of literature and the English language, through reading for pleasure.
The English Curriculum at Hallam Primary School is taught using the book based approach, with children learning through experiencing an age appropriate text. As part of each unit of work, children will have the opportunity to explore a range of genres as well as investigating the finer detail of English, including handwriting, and spelling and grammar. Grammar is also taught explicitly on a Monday as part of ‘Grammar Monday’ and threaded through the rest of the unit. English is linked very carefully to our topics and the skills are applied in topic lessons.
We really value reading at Hallam. We have some fantastic reading areas which the children use in their lessons, a weekly book club, and storytelling assemblies so that we can link reading for pleasure to writing for pleasure. Comprehension skills are taught daily using a whole class approach. The content domains which focus on vocabulary and word meaning, retrieval, inference and deduction, summarising, prediction are taught daily using the class book or shorter extracts from non fiction texts. Decoding skills are taught as part of our phonics programme in KS1 and within small focused groups during the reading sessions.
Daily phonics teaching take space daily in FS2 and KS1 using the Letters and Sounds programme. Children are divided in ability groups within their year group in order to ensure appropriate challenge and support.