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English at Redhill
Children at Redhill Primary School follow an English curriculum which gives children extended practice to embed new skills. Learning is consolidated to such a degree that it is known, understood and embedded, leading to fluency. When children have recalled the skills taught and are able to apply them accurately in their own writing the learning is secured. After reaching the expected standard to achieve age appropriate expectations children will demonstrate their fluency in Literacy to develop deeper learning. They can then master a range of writing confidently, effectively and accurately.  Those children who are not on track to achieve the expected standard have precise and targeted intervention to accelerate and embed the learning.
Our aims are that all children should: 
  •         be able to articulate their ideas clearly, expressing opinions and debating their views
  •         see reading as enjoyable, rewarding and worthwhile; read with fluency and confidence across the curriculum and share in discussion about social and moral issues raised from books read, develop an appreciation of our literary heritage
  •         acquire a wide vocabulary and an understanding of grammar
  •         be able to embed writing skills applying their knowledge and skills of composition, spelling, grammar and handwriting in extended pieces of writing while writing for a purpose and audience across all curriculum subjects. 




We believe that children should be given the opportunity to embed their writing skills and deepen their learning. Because of this, particularly in early years and KS1, the children work on a smaller range of genres but have the opportunity to apply their learning across other curriculum areas. There is an emphasis on precision in all areas of writing: planning, composition, grammar, spelling handwriting and redrafting.  Through modelled writing and guided writing sessions focusing on children’s precise next steps children secure their knowledge of age appropriate skills as outlined in the programmes of study for the new national curriculum.


Spelling, punctuation and grammar
We follow the programmes of study for each year groups as outlined in the new National Curriculum 2014 supported by the Letters and Sounds programme.  In the Early Years and Key Stage 1 spelling is closely matched to phonics teaching with daily sessions providing the children with the opportunity to practise and apply phonemes taught.  Additional discrete spelling sessions are taught at Key Stage 1 to provide opportunity to teach the programmes of study around word families, prefixes and suffixes as outlined in the programmes of study.
At Key Stage 2 there are weekly discrete spelling lessons.  In addition to this spelling, grammar and punctuation are taught daily through short starter activities and then developed and applied through the writing process.
From Year 1 children are given weekly spelling tests based on words taken from phonics and discrete spelling lessons.

We follow the programmes of study for each year groups as outlined in the new National Curriculum 2014 supported by the Nelson handwriting scheme. There are discrete handwriting sessions throughout the primary phase with teachers demonstrating the formation of the letters and correct joins.

In addition, in all writing activities handwriting is reinforced for children to ensure that they apply the skills taught in discrete lessons.