Literacy empowers learners. The ability to communicate, read and write opens the doorway to learning and exploring the world in which we live. English is fundamental to pupils’ learning across the curriculum, their ability to be independent and their future success.
We aim to promote high standards of Literacy and a lifelong love of literature. We support all children to develop as confident orators, fluent readers and purposeful writers.
All children are encouraged to be actively involved in Literacy lessons. Diversity is valued and teaching is targeted to meet the needs of individual learners. Children whose first language is not English are supported initially through their native language to access the English curriculum. Immersion assists them to develop skills in English very quickly.
The children are encouraged to develop their reading skills so they will be able to read fluently and with good understanding. Pupils are taught through individual or guided reading sessions, as well as through engaging texts during Literacy lessons where they develop a love of books and learn key skills such as recall and inference. Reading is also promoted throughout the curriculum. All children have reading records for communication between home and school and to share reading targets. Parents are invited to participate in regular ‘Reading Mornings.'
At Hungerford, we follow Talk4Writing principles to develop the children's storytelling skills and to make links between their reading and writing. During Literacy lessons, and throughout the curriculum, children are taught spelling and composition skills using high-quality texts so they will be able to write confidently and accurately for a range of purposes. The children have the opportunity to plan, draft, edit and revise their writing and demonstrate their abilities by producing a final, independent Proud Piece.
Phonics & SPaG
The children benefit from a systematic approach to the teaching of Phonics, through Read Write Inc., from entry to school. Children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 enjoy a daily, multi-sensory, fun Phonics lesson which secures their knowledge of letters and sounds and develops the crucial skills of segmenting and blending; essential when learning to read and write. These Phonics lessons continue in Key Stage 2 where needed.
Within the National Curriculum 2014, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar have a big focus. Children from Year One to Year Six are taught discrete sessions of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG). We also embed the teaching of SPaG in Literacy lessons and in all other subjects. Children learn spelling patterns, a range of punctuation and the correct grammatical terminology. They are supported to learn weekly spellings, in partnership with parents.
Please view our English Subject Policy.