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Hobletts Manor Junior School

Hobletts Manor Junior School

Learning and Achieving Together

English

'Learning and Achieving Together'

 

'English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.'

English at Hobletts Manor Junior School

 

Lower Key Stage 2 – Years 3 and 4

When reading, we like to enjoy books at our own level and read at a speed where we can understand what we have read. We love to read, and hear our teacher read aloud every day, and enjoy different types of books, like stories, poetry, plays and non-fiction in all of our lessons. This will help us to read more and more by ourselves and improve how easily we read. We are learning to talk about and explain what we have read, needing less help as we get more confident. We try to work out most new words and improve the amount of words we know using phonics.

In writing, we can record our ideas with good punctuation, sentence structure, grammar and vocabulary. We build on what we have learnt, and we can write in different ways, showing our ideas. In spelling, we can spell common words correctly and other words that we have learnt. We try to spell words that we do not know using what we know about phonics. When we are using handwriting, we try to join and write more quickly and carefully.

When we are talking, we can say what we are learning and develop our speaking skills in different situations, like in drama, presentations and debates. We can become more familiar and confident when using new language in front of others.

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Upper Key Stage 2 – Years 5 and 6

When we read, we enjoy reading for pleasure, both inside and outside of school, where we can also read silently and independently. We can show our understanding of what we have read aloud in a group, discussing and summarising in our own words. Reading a wider range of texts, allows us to practise accuracy and fluency at our own level. We read and listen to our teachers read texts every day, across a range of subjects, and we talk as a group about the new vocabulary and grammatical structures we come across. We understand that vocabulary choices will be different, depending on the types of texts we are reading. We can read most words accurately and we regularly practise our knowledge of phonic decoding to work out how to pronounce unfamiliar words more automaticity.

In writing, we are able to record our ideas quickly using grammar and punctuation that is mostly accurate. We enjoy using new vocabulary in our own work and we build on our knowledge of language and structure from what we have read in stories, plays, poetry and non-fiction. We can spell most of the words that we have been taught so far and spell unfamiliar words using what we have learnt in phonics, and what we know about spelling rules and patterns. We continue to practise a cursive script and increase the speed of our handwriting, knowing when to join and when to leave letters unjoined.

In spoken language, we can discuss what we are learning and enjoy developing our skills through speaking in front of others, performing and debating. We have opportunities to build on our confidence and use new and specific vocabulary.

Handwriting

We have high expectations of handwriting and aim to support our children develop their ability to record at speed using a cursive style. Again there are expectations for each year group:

Year 3

  • begin to use diagonal and horizontal strokes
  • increase the legibility, consistency and quality of handwriting
Year 4
  • secure the use of diagonal and horizontal strokes
  • increase the legibility, consistency and quality of handwriting
Year 5
  • write legibly, fluently and with increasing speed
Year 6
  • maintain legibility, fluency and speed in handwriting through choosing whether or not to join specific letters
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