Literacy at Hill Farm
At Hill Farm Primary School spoken language, reading and writing skills are taught explicitly each day and used and applied across the whole curriculum.
Early reading is taught through daily synthetic phonics sessions. In Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1 we make use of the ‘Read Write Inc’ scheme. As children develop their knowledge and application of phonics the emphasis through Year 2 into Key Stage 2 is the use of phonics for spelling. In addition to daily phonics for reading and spelling, all children are taught language comprehension skills through shared and guided group reading sessions. To develop a love of reading stories, poems and non-fiction texts, children are taught to tell stories and regularly listen to quality literature being read aloud through daily class 'story-time'. Children are expected to develop their independent reading skills in school and at home by making use of the school reading scheme and class library. Teaching Assistants are used to support small groups and individual children with their reading skills. Children who require additional support with their reading receive a range of proven interventions. All children are encouraged to read at home with an adult each night. A range of Home Learning reading activities are also set each term.
At Hill Farm we use ‘Talk 4 Writing’ to plan and teach Literacy. This whole school approach to teaching and learning helps children to develop, use and apply their skills in spoken language, reading and writing. Throughout the whole school, children learn a wide range of quality stories, non-fiction texts and poems by heart which they then use to develop their writing skills. Ultimately, they create their own writing, through the stages of Imitation, Innovation and Invention. (See English Policy).
The 'Talk 4 Writing' approach is underpinned by the daily teaching of handwriting, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Children are continually assessed in phonics, reading and writing through teachers' day-to-day feedback and marking. In addition, children are more formally assessed in reading and writing each term. To ensure all children achieve well, assessments are monitored closely to plan additional support where these are required. Children's progress and attainment in reading and writing are reported to parents and carers regularly through the annual written report and parent/carer consultation meetings.
At Hill Farm we teach handwriting following a specific structured style.