'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.'
‘Reading is fundamental to education. Proficiency in reading, writing and spoken language is vital for pupils’ success. Through these, they develop communication skills for education and for working with others: in school, in training and at work. Pupils who find it difficult to learn to read are likely to struggle across the curriculum, since English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching.’
(The Reading Framework January 2022)’
At Hobletts Manor Junior School, we have a deep love for books, and strive to develop ambitious and curious learners, who read confidently and fluently with a passion for new knowledge.
Leaders prioritise and promote a love of reading. Pupils visit the well-stocked library once a week to choose their reading books. These are carefully matched to their reading stage. Daily reading lessons expose pupils to high-quality texts and teach them essential reading skills. Older pupils still in the early stages of reading are identified quickly. They get extra help with phonics, so they become more fluent readers.
(Ofsted March 2023).
Lower Key Stage 2 – Years 3 and 4
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.
Upper Key Stage 2 – Years 5 and 6
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.