At Red Hill Primary School, we are passionate about English. We promote a love of reading, writing and drama, as well as equipping children with the phonetical, comprehension, spelling, grammar and punctuation skills needed to be adept and fluent readers and writers.
In the early stages of school, reading is taught primarily through phonics, using the programme ‘Letters and Sounds’. This is supported by regular guided reading sessions where children enjoy and discuss books in a group, as well as regular home reading.
Once fluent, in Key Stage 2, pupils learn more about the comprehension and analytical aspects of reading, with continued guided reading sessions, as well as whole class book focuses during the English sessions. For example, Year 5 read Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, Year 4 do a Roald Dahl author study and Year 6 analyse ‘The Wedding Ghost’ by Leon Garfield.
We have many exciting reading events throughout the year, for example the book corner competition in September, the Year 5 iRead Challenge, various author visits, trips to the local library and dressing up for World Book Day.
We primarily teach writing through Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk For Writing’ scheme. We firmly believe that pupils need to hear and speak the language they are expected to write and allowed time to play with and immerse themselves in the text-type. This is supported by weekly grammar and punctuation lessons on ‘skills Monday’ and daily spelling teaching.
To celebrate writing, we have events like the recent ‘Writing On Fire’ Competition, author workshops, class newsletters, project displays and book swaps.
We believe that drama can be an enjoyable and effective way into literacy and are currently partaking in some ‘Drama for Writing’ units across the school. Learning in English often leads to exciting performances such as ‘Macbeth’ in Year 5 and the Roald Dahl performance in Year 4.