Phonics at Hempland

The Year One team have put together a really informative PowerPoint for parents centred on the teaching of phonics. It includes lots of useful information and explanations and tips on how to support your child at home.

We have split it into three parts to make it easier to share on here.

You can see the slides as a pdf here: Phonics Information

Recommended Reads

We have put together a list of recommended reads for each year group.  It isn’t an exhaustive list and there may be other books that are your child or family’s favourites, but this is very much a list that we think contains some really good books that you can read with your child or that they can read alone.

Hempland Recommended Reading list EY

Hempland Recommended Reading list Y1

Hempland Recommended Reading list Y2

Hempland Recommended Reading list Y3

Hempland Recommended Reading list Y4

Hempland Recommended Reading list Y5

Hempland Recommended Reading list Y6

At Hempland, English is at the heart of the curriculum. Our aim is to ensure that all children have access to a high quality, creative and engaging English curriculum that enables them to become confident, fluent and enthusiastic communicators through speaking and listening, reading and writing. These transferable skills are developed and practised in different contexts and situations and across the wider curriculum.

What English looks like at Hempland

We follow the National Curriculum programme of study, which ensures consistency and progression across school.

Phonics is taught daily in Early Years and Year 1, following the Letters and Sounds scheme.

Reading is given a high priority at Hempland and is taught daily. In Key Stage 1 and Early Years, children are taught discrete reading skills in small groups with books tailored to their needs. In Key Stage 2, high quality texts are carefully chosen for children to read the same whole class novel. We aim to promote a love of reading and children are actively encouraged and rewarded for reading at home through our ‘Book Buddies’ in Key Stage 1 and ‘Dojo’s’ in Key Stage 2. Every classroom has a dedicated book corner and there are mini libraries around the school in addition to our larger Teaching and Learning Centre central library. Volunteers in school, including parent volunteers and students, read with individual pupils. Some of our older children also ‘buddy up’ with younger children and read together.

Spelling is timetabled frequently each week and is taught from Y2 to Y6 following the Babcock No Nonsense spelling scheme. Children start each day with a ‘Smart Start’ spelling activity that is an opportunity to practise spellings and spelling strategies that have been taught. In addition, spellings are taught in timetabled spelling sessions and are supplemented with weekly spelling homework.

Grammar and Punctuation
Discrete Grammar and Punctuation lessons are taught throughout the week. These lessons link to the genre being taught in writing and or reading lessons to ensure that children have a strong awareness of the purpose and understanding of different grammatical features.

At Hempland Primary School, our aim is that our children will be able to write clearly, fluently and quickly so that they can cope with the everyday demands of life and school. All children are introduced to cursive handwriting from Early Years. This embeds the skills of handwriting in a cursive style from the beginning, developing confidence, accuracy and fluency. Children are given regular handwriting lessons, appropriate to the year group and class needs to ensure that they are able to practise this skill.

Writing is taught daily and we endeavour to provide stimulating opportunities to inspire children to write for a variety of audiences and purposes. We use visitors into school and visits out of school to help to provide real experiences for children to write about. In addition, a variety of stimulus such as film, books and artefacts are used to motivate and enthuse children. Following the National Curriculum programme of study, children are taught to plan, draft, edit and proof read their work. In Year 5 and 6, children have a Chromebook to support this process.

How we entwine English with our Hempland school values

Children will learn to respect people from different cultures, backgrounds and periods through literature. They will develop empathy and compassion for other people through discussions about books. Children will develop a mutual respect for one another through collaboration and discussion about their work.
Children have the opportunity to read, write and perform a wide variety of quality texts and explore and create, refining their work through editing and proof reading. They have a wide range of stimulus and write for a range of audiences. They have the chance to share and publish their work in a variety of ways including digitally, for real audiences and for displays in school.
Children are encouraged to aim high and produce work of a high standard. They are inspired by quality model texts and an exciting English curriculum.
Children are encouraged to develop and hone their skills through editing and evaluating and also proof reading. Feedback is used positively to show children how to improve and progress. Children use resilience to produce their best work by applying their skills to a range of texts.

How we know our English curriculum is successful

  • Children will leave Hempland with the skills to become successful, lifelong learners.
  • Children will become independent and fluent readers, able to read with accuracy, understanding and enjoyment.
  • Children will have the study skills so that they will know how to access information in non-fiction texts.
  • Children will be empowered to communicate through all types of narrative and non-fiction writing with a strong sense of audience and purpose.
  • Children will have a secure understanding of Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation.
  • Children will develop confident speaking and listening skills to enable them to interact with others, express feelings and emotions and present, share and reflect upon opinions, ideas and experiences.