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