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23/09/21

'Never stop reading' is our message here at HPAB! Our Year 6's have got off to a flying start completing their bookmarks already! https://t.co/tTdlOFbpea

20/09/21

Reading is a key priorty for us at and we encourage reading in our staff room with our staff sharing library. Reading is all around us! https://t.co/OiSpS5nW4O

17/09/21

Year 2 have been settling back into school life at HPAB and approaching learning with enthusiasm and joy! They have been reading Amazing Grace and have written a description of the main character using features from the author’s work. https://t.co/7T6HWbWExT

17/09/21

This week we look at the work Year 4 have been doing and they have been really busy writing letters to the author of Anna Hibicus. They have written letters asking question and they are hoping for some answers too! https://t.co/aCx7qq0ma4

14/09/21

Year 2 have been settling back into school life at HPAB and approaching learning with enthusiasm and joy! They have been reading Amazing Grace and have written a description of the main character using features from the author’s work. https://t.co/9CH1Y1NEmU

14/09/21

Our new to Reception children enjoyed a little bit of creative play today in the mud kitchen....yummy - what's for dinner? https://t.co/r8UG7uL66H

13/09/21

We are proud to announce our Uniforn Swap Shop is now open. Please contact the office for an appointment. Working together as a community https://t.co/S94qRUfxD4

13/09/21

We are committed to making our community the best it can be. We share any left over lunches with our families and neighbours. 'A small act of kindness can have a large impact https://t.co/5WWya1VMfj

10/09/21

The first week back at school and all children have settled into the school routine. In assembly we read the book 'I promise' and we all made our own learning promises. Thank you for the inspiration! https://t.co/Iw0VTnmuXk

10/09/21

Our first Principal awards of the year were given out today. They are being worn proudly after receiving them for hard work, reading or kindness! Well done! https://t.co/Jvb7w5JAQh

06/09/21

A fantastic way to start our Monday with a whole school assembly. We discussed reading and our learning promise for the year! https://t.co/aTjfHDwHiX

03/09/21

A great new staffroom ready for our staff at HPAB. https://t.co/fW41gy99af

03/09/21

All set today for welcoming back our children. https://t.co/MRNDtGMWWG

02/09/21

Reading areas are looking ready to welcome our children back tomorrow https://t.co/MSQ4ObSDXh

02/09/21

Day 2 of Inset training today for our wonderful We are really looking forward to welcoming back all of our children tomorrow. https://t.co/WRAf7lEZNN

01/09/21

Team building in process...a scavenger hunt - Teachers Addition! Lots of fun on the first day already! https://t.co/966X4KvcKN

01/09/21

We are welcoming back all of our staff with a wellbeing gift that will last the year! Essentials for a teacher...water bottle, sweets and a pen! https://t.co/KXPFL6z1y6

27/08/21

It's the final day of our Year 6 Summer School and we are so proud of our children! They have revised figuarative language, written short stories, added/subtracted fractions and also revised stratiegies for calculating using the 4 operations! Well done!

24/08/21

Day 2 of Year 6 Summer School starts today with some reading and extracting answers from the text. https://t.co/FLEHybQXfi

23/08/21

Moving on to arithmetic this morning for Summer School...very impressed with the retrieval of how to subtract decimals. Remember we learn more and remember more...keep up the good work Year 6! https://t.co/XjNuIpZqhw

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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. Each of these skills is presented to the children as a detective skill.   

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

The expectation is that all children in teh Academy read every night and record this on their bookmark.

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.