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English



Phonics


In Early Years and Key Stage 1 children are introduced to reading through learning their sounds using a programme called Read Write Inc which happens daily. This is an initiative from Ruth Miskin that teaches the children the sounds they need in 3 sets. Set 1 consists of the first sounds they need to know that make up the alphabet. Set 2 and 3 increase in difficulty and comprise of 2 or 3 letters that join to make one sound. Children are expected to know all the Set 1, 2 and 3 sounds before they leave Year 1 so they can apply the sound knowledge in the Phonics Screening at the end of the year. In Year 2 the children continue to revisit the sounds they have learnt to help them to embed their knowledge in both reading and writing.


Reading

We feel that reading is an incredibly important skill that underpins a lot of their learning in school. This is why we ask the children to read daily at home to continue to refine a range of skills that are needed in reading. Children apply their phonetical knowledge from RWInc sessions in their reading, decoding and reading words with increasing accuracy as they gain confidence. The sounds they are taught are built on in RWInc books that they read in school, the books link to the sounds they have learnt so far. The children read during their daily Read Write Inc. sessions. These sessions are to help the children to apply their phonetic knowledge in context as well as to support them in their comprehension of what they are reading. In Key Stage 2 they continue building on the skills taught in Key Stage 1 during Guided Reading sessions which happen daily. These sessions focus on continuing to develop fluent expressive reading as well as a deeper understanding of what they are reading. The teachers support the children to unpick a text that is matched to their reading ability.


Writing


Through their time at Hillcroft the children will be taught to write a range of genres.
When children start in Early Years they are encouraged to make marks on paper, this then progresses to forming letters correctly and beginning to put these letters into words. As they move into Key Stage 1 they are taught to put these words into sentences as well as use their developing sound knowledge to spell words with more accuracy. After being taught the basics they move into Key Stage 2 to refine their writing skills and begin to add more flare and personality to their writing as well as being allowed to write in pen. Across all Key Stages we have developed a Pie Corbett approach called Talk for Writing. This encourages the children to talk and share their ideas with others before committing their ideas to paper. In Early Years and Key Stage 1 we use visual story maps and information plans to act out what we are going to write, decoding on actions as a class to help us to remember what we are going to write. As they move through the school the children create their own plans in the same style editing them as they go to make their writing more exciting and interesting for the reader.