Our English Curriculum
Living in a world where the fundamentals of reading and writing lay the foundations of all learning, we believe that English should be at the heart of all aspects of school life. Therefore, at Hawksworth Wood Primary School, we deliver an exciting, ambitious and innovative English curriculum that enables and empowers our children in our aim to become enthusiastic and successful readers and writers with a deep love and understanding of the English language.
It is our intention to immerse pupils in the wonders of quality texts to instil a passion for reading, an enjoyment of writing and a confidence to communicate articulately. We strive to make the teaching and learning of English skills an integral part of our whole curriculum with daily opportunities to engage in stimulating and creative activities, vocabulary enrichment and use and apply these skills in a range of contexts.
Our teaching of reading covers all aspects of reading development that is crucial to promoting confident and competent readers. Developing our children’s use of language and vocabulary drives our approach. At the centre of this is an innovative sequence of lessons which we call Fluency (Fluency-Oriented Reading Instruction). Through a daily sequence of lessons, the children in Yrs 2-6 develop their understanding and range of vocabulary, develop stamina and pace with repeated reading and vocabulary exploration of a single aspirational text during the course of a week.
In addition to Fluency lessons, we discretely teach specific Reading Comprehension skills such as inference and language analysis. Usually two lessons per week focus on developing these skills. The teaching of comprehension includes strategies such as teacher modelling, group work and lots of class discussion to ensure children get the right balance of working together and working independently.
Our teaching of Phonics lays the foundations for our teaching Reading. We use a bespoke version of the RWI phonics scheme. More can be found about our teaching of Phonics on our dedicated Phonics website page.
We also recognise that reading at home is a great way to improve our children’s reading as well as an amazing activity for families, parents and children to do together. This is promoted by us and we provide home reading books from our reading scheme for our children to read outside of school. Home reading books for children in Reception & Year 1 are linked to their developmental stage in Phonics. More can be found on reading at home on our Home Learning website page.
It is extremely important to us that children have a love of reading, whether that is on their own or enjoying a class book together at the end of the day. We have a wonderful, recently renovated library for children to borrow books as well as a Reading Quest Challenge where children are encouraged to read a book from our recommended book lists.
Writing is actively taught across all lessons both as a discrete skill and in many cross curricular contexts. Written composition begins with the structure of sentences and the early
skills linked to planning (drafting), writing and checking (editing ) their own work. Wherever practical we teach writing as a life skill embedded in range of real life contexts and also class topics units.
Children learn through class modelled and shared writing that explores writing composition structures. The children then demonstrate their acquired skills within in Dedicated Writing opportunities. These techniques grow year by year so our children emerge as confident, enthusiastic writers. We use success criteria checklists for pupils to self or peer assess against, when appropriate, so they can evaluate effectively. Targets are set to support writing progress through next step developmental marking.
The use of engaging, relevant and high quality texts is central to our writing curriculum. These act as stimuli for children to develop and extend their writing skills. Creative techniques such as drama and hot-seating are used to help pupils to think about another point of view.
Writing is further developed as we encourage purposeful writing opportunities across the curriculum in subjects such as Science, Geography, History, Art, Design &Technology, Religious Education and PSHE. Writing helps children remember and embed the skills and vocabulary that they have learnt in these lessons and increases the depth of knowledge in a subject.
In order that children write with accuracy and correctly we teach new vocabulary, grammar and punctuation in line with the age related expectations set out in the national curriculum. Spelling is taught to KS1 through their phonics sessions whereas KS2 teaching follows the ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ scheme.
In the very beginning writing is the transcription of the phonics taught for reading. Correct letter formation and handwriting techniques for later learning are established early with a simple cursive script, taught in ‘little and often’ separate handwriting sessions.
Please click on the links below to see our English Curriculum Overviews for each year.
Year 1 English Curriculum Overview
Year 2 English Curriculum Overview
Year 3 English Curriculum Overview
Year 4 English Curriculum Overview
Year 5 English Curriculum Overview
Year 6 English Curriculum Overview
Click on the links below to view our Key Learning for Reading & Writing in each year group.