At Hollingwood Primary School, we believe that English is a fundamental life skill. The National Curriculum states that English is part of the ‘essential knowledge’ needed in society.
‘Teachers should develop pupil’s spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.’
It is our intent at Hollingwood Primary School to provide pupils with a high-quality education in English that will teach pupils to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas, views and emotions to others effectively.
At Hollingwood Primary School we intend for pupils to be able to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. To be able to do this effectively, pupils will focus on developing effective transcription and effective composition. They will also develop an awareness of the audience, purpose and context of their writing and be able to best compliment these with an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.
The texts chosen to support each genre of writing being taught, should inspire, influence and model good practice for the children. They should also be chosen to ensure children are exposed to a wide range of cultural and moral experiences and that the children can write for a purpose whenever possible.
We also intend for pupils to leave school being able to use fluent, legible and speedy handwriting as well as being proficient spellers. In spellings, teachers will use RWI and Rising Stars in order to show pupils how to understand the relationships between words, how to understand nuances in meaning, and how to develop their understanding of, and ability to use, figurative language. They will also teach pupils how to work out and clarify the meanings of unknown words and words with more than one meaning.
Pupils will experience a wide range of speaking and listening activities in order to develop their spoken language and use of Standard English.
Our aim is for all children at Hollingwood to be able to:
- Experience high quality and/or model texts for a wide range of writing genres
- develop a wide vocabulary
- develop an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently
- plan, revise and evaluate writing
- adapt written language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn
- explain clearly their understanding and ideas