The Acting curriculum lead for English is Mr Gosnell. If you have any queries regarding this area of the curriculum, please contact him by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
At Hogarth Primary School, we want our children to develop confidence and accuracy in writing for a variety of purposes and audiences whilst developing their own individual style. We want our children to be able to write with grammatical accuracy and be able to apply spelling patterns correctly using a neat handwriting style. We aim to expose our children to a wide range of vocabulary so that they able to decipher new words and then use them when speaking both informally and formally.
At Hogarth Primary School, we teach English as whole class lessons, so that all children have access to the age-related skills and knowledge contained in the National Curriculum. Within lessons, teachers and Learning Support Assistants target support for lower attainers so that they can make good progress. This may involve scaffolding through support materials such as Word Banks or a greater level of modelling. Rapid and higher attaining learners are given opportunities to extend their writing in a variety of ways, including through showing a greater understanding of the impact that their writing has on the reader and by using a higher level of vocabulary and grammar features. In Key Stage One, teachers make use of 'Talk 4 Writing' strategies to support pupils' with their writing.
Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are vital for developing their vocabulary and grammar and their understanding for reading and writing. At Hogarth we do this through discussion of books, role play and hot seating; discussions of work whilst peer assessing writing and debating topical issues.
The programmes of study for writing at key stages 1 and 2 are constructed similarly to those for reading:
These skills are developed through structured English lessons that teach how to plan, revise and evaluate writing with an understanding of audience, purpose and context. Furthermore, the children are given opportunities to use their writing skills in other subjects and through extended writing. Writing also depends on fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy handwriting which is taught on a weekly basis.
Spelling, vocabulary, punctuation and grammar
At Hogarth we teach these skills daily through discreet lessons as well as embedding them when teaching, reading, writing and spoken language. Every week, the children take part in a spelling Bee challenge.
Every two weeks, the children will complete a piece of extended writing in class. This is marked against Key Performance Indicators and the assessments used, both to inform future planning and to give each child individual areas to focus on and improve. Through a well planned and exciting English curriculum, children will be able to make continued and further progress with the English curriculum and this will support learning in all subjects within our creative curriculum.