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18/05/22

We have been working with to deliver cooking club this half term - children have sampled different fruits and decorated biscuits! As you can see - the children have loved this! https://t.co/taU2OEM0mQ

17/05/22

Our Year 5’s enjoyed the Viking workshop today and used their knowledge to act out Viking battles https://t.co/3mEn5jOdtL

12/05/22

Thank you to our Year 1 parents that attended the phonics workshop this week. It was great to see you all there! https://t.co/GutyipeLtu

05/05/22

Our children enjoyed Cooking Club this week and learnt how to make a healthy salad. Cant wait to see what they make next week! Thank you https://t.co/htAPipZFUE

29/04/22

What an amazing day yesterday - we all had so much fun and each class now has their own personalised picture drawn by Korky Paul! https://t.co/hnejovFriv

28/04/22

The buzz of excitement can be felt at the book signing taking place right now at HPAB with Korky Paul https://t.co/15QFc42UQz

28/04/22

We are super excited today as we have the illustrator Korky Paul with us today! Welcome to HPAB Korky! https://t.co/rQRL3ILzXc

27/04/22

Year 2 are on a minibeast hunt for their topic is Science thos afternoon! How many will they find? https://t.co/ava68jhngU

01/04/22

***HPAB EASTER BONNET PARADE WINNERS*** What a fantastic event today - we had lots of fun! Thank you to all of the parents that attended and well done to our winners!

01/04/22

What an amazing Dip and Do homework from our Year 2 pupil on The Great Fire of London for our history topic this half term. Well done! https://t.co/WhrCnUi8MT

30/03/22

Year 4 have been transported back in time to celebrate everything Roman! https://t.co/yzMmYlw5fy

23/03/22

Year 6 have been reading Pig Heart Boy by and have been thoroughly enjoying it. They are currently writing persuasive letters to Dr Bryce. Thank you https://t.co/TjxxS4lNyE

18/03/22

We are supporting Red Nose Day today. Thank you for wearing something red and donating to this fantastic charity! https://t.co/5ni2VWpVuD

16/03/22

We have had some amazing 'Dip & Do' homework from our Year 3's. Well done! https://t.co/204eYYieIg

03/03/22

We have had an amazing today. The costumes were outstanding! But WBD isn't just about dressing up - we also had an assembly and completed activities all around the love of reading! Take a look at our costumes here https://t.co/SskhmJeBx2 via

03/03/22

We are enjoying with a special assembly on one of our favourite books Winnie The Witch. We are also looking forward to welcoming to our Academy later on this month! https://t.co/qiCCkXI1wl via

03/03/22

***HPAB Chick Update*** Take a look at our Timelapse of the last three days. We have 10 chicks that have hatched and what an amazing experience for all to witness. https://t.co/wyUJHIxRiK via

03/03/22

It's WORLD BOOK DAY! https://t.co/g83DG3fWBt

03/03/22

***HPAB Chick Update*** Now we have 10 chicks! We are so excited! https://t.co/SgBrEC7kwN

03/03/22

***HPAB Chick Update*** This is the moment chick number 5 hatched! The buzz around the Academy today has been electric with children & adults excited to see our chicks hatch https://t.co/Z3X27CGYhI

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English

Intent: Introduction, Vision and Philosophy 
The purpose of this document is to clarify the how, why, and what of English teaching at Harris Primary Academy Benson. This is to be used by staff to clarify expectations, highlight the resources that we have at our disposal, and to ensure that a high-quality English curriculum is being taught to all. At Harris Primary Benson, we want our children to be creative writers who read for pleasure, as well as for information. They learn a wide range of vocabulary and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and the spoken language. We instil in our children the importance of discussion to learn; they are taught to be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas. 

At Harris Primary Benson, we believe that children should be able to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading, children have the chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.  

 
Implementation:  What does English look like at HPAB? 

English is taught across the school focusing on the following different skills: Phonics, SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar), Reading, Handwriting, Speaking and listening, and writing. We teach Reading, Phonics, Spelling and Handwriting separately outside of our English lessons as these are key skills the children will need in order to access the learning in their English lesson and therefore must be given precedence. 

Phonics 

Phonics is taught in 40-minute lessons to give children quick, regular practise at least 5 times a week. From EYFS children begin the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme. Lesson plans are taken from the lesson structures in the RWI folders (in each classroom) and children are taught initial sounds alongside a mnemonic to help their recall. The programme is designed to ensure that children are taught reading rigorously; ensuring that they have the skills to approach new words with confidence, and developing their fluency to ensure they are able to become competent readers.  

Each 40-minute phonics session has a minimum of three RWI ‘lessons’. 

SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) 

SPaG is taught as part of the main English lesson each day. Lessons follow a weekly (or however long is needed) focus on a different punctuation, grammar or spelling focus for each week using the National Curriculum guidelines along with the school’s SPaG overview. Lessons will go together with the genre of writing that is being taught in literacy lessons to accompany the skills that they need to learn for that particular writing style.  

Spellings are taught once a week and focus on a spelling pattern for each week. The children are taught using a task that they are then able to take home to practise along with a list of spellings containing that pattern. These are tested weekly (every Wednesday) at the start of each English lesson. 

Reading 

Whole class reading is taught throughout the school. There are 5 reading lessons per week, each lasting for 30 minutes. Each session will then focus on a reading statement allowing children to develop all the skills they need to be effective readers - vocabulary choices, grammar choices, prediction, inference and deduction, authorial intent and style etc.   

Achievement will be measured through learning walks, pupil voice interviews and the outcomes of reading assessments. 

The expectation is that all children in the Academy reads every night and records this on their bookmark.All children will take home two reading books, In KS1, children will take home one book that helps them to learn to read (RWI book) and one love for reading book that can be shared with an adult at home. In KS2 the children will also take home two books, one at their level and one for the love of reading. 

Handwriting 

Children take part in regular handwriting practise every day. Handwriting is a practised skill that they take part in before their English lesson or after lunchtime. Using the Nelson handwriting programme, children practise the set of patterns by copying the joins from the IWB before moving on to forming words using these joins. Joins are introduced at the end of year 1. 

English lessons 

At HPAB we teach children writing skills through a range of vocabulary rich texts. Each year group focuses on one text per half term and teaching is supported by the reading of the texts. Suggested genres are available to teachers to help teach different writing skills across a unit; a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry genres are taught. Genres of writing will often span over one or two weeks depending on the genre and writing outcome. To become immersed in the subject matter, teaching sequences may cover speaking and listening or drama activities. These ensure that children can listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers, ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge and use relevant strategies to build their vocabulary. Children participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates to develop their speaking skills. Teachers are encouraged to use a range of techniques, including Talk for Writing. From speaking and listening activities, lessons will then move on to grammar skills (if necessary) and then begin to plan, using various methods, their final writing outcome. Children are given the opportunity to edit and make final drafts before presenting their work.  

Impact - Evidence and Assessment 
Recording of lessons in English books is required to show a journey of the child’s learning through each topic. The work in their books supports their ability to remember what learning has come before their current learning. Children can record their lesson in the most appropriate way; a range of different methods is encouraged to allow children to be exposed to different ways of demonstrating their understanding. Photographs of drama lessons, for example, are a good way of reminding children of what skills they learned in that drama lesson and they should be given the opportunity to reflect on this learning.  

Assessments of the children’s writing is made half-termly whereby a range of extended, independent writing is used to assess the progress and attainment of their writing.