Our approach to the teaching of English can be thought of as having six strands:
The pathways model is one which we have developed in line with a mastery approach. Its aim is to ensure that all children have a pathway through the lesson that starts at the right level and is well designed to allow each child to make progress no matter what their staring point.
Extended writing exists outside of the pathways structure and is an opportunity for children to practise all skills learnt up to this point. Extended writing is found in 4 formats: drafted, non-drafted, cold task and topic writing.
We currently follow the Letters and Sound approach to the teaching of phonics.
Phonics is taught though the early years into Year 2. Phonics also form part of our interventions, for those children who need further support.
In Years 1 and 2, we are able to timetable phonics teaching at a consistent time, to enable best use of resources and to benefit from flexible groupings
We are passionate about reading at Huntingtree. We invest heavily in making sure that the children have the best possible books available to them. We believe that providing greater access to a wide range of brilliantly written, content-appropriate, engaging REAL books is the single most effective way of improving standards of receptive and expressive language in children - in terms of expanding vocabulary, deepening comprehension, sharpening authorial technique and nurturing a love of stories and knowledge.
The medium term planning for English lessons is based on quality whole class texts - real books. This drives the learning throughout the term, in comprehension work, grammar focuses and opportunities for writing.
The children have a regular weekly slot to change their home reading book, plus extra slots are available at lunchtimes for those enthusiastic readers and devourers of books.
We have a team of committed volunteers who are helping children to develop a love of reading.
Each class has a timetabled slot for the sharing of a class novel.