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Through their time at Hemyock Primary School we strive to equip our children with skills which will enable them to communicate effectively. Being confident and competent readers, writers and speakers is empowering and integral to all aspects of life. Through our teaching of English, in line with the expectations set out in the National Curriculum, we aim to develop children’s understanding of and fluency with the technical aspects of the subject, explore the richness of our English language heritage and inspire a curiosity about language and words.
Children learn to read using our phonics programme, Read Write Inc. You can find out more here.
From Year 2 through to Year 6 children read books from a broad variety of genre and choice of authors, their progress is monitored through Accelerated Reader software. We foster a love of reading at our school and our children are encouraged to read a range of books. All our children have access to our school library where they can choose books for enjoyment also.
Where children are not making the appropriate progress in reading, regular interventions are put in place alongside our core offer.
We follow a mastery approach to the teaching of spelling through the programme ‘Pathways to Spell’. It is a programme designed to deliver the statutory content of the Primary National Curriculum for spelling in key stages 1 and 2. Through weekly teaching of spelling objectives and development of a whole school approach to word transcription, vocabulary development and proof-reading, the programme aims to develop children as proficient spellers. We begin the programme in the spring term of Year 1.
You will find the end of year expectations for spelling for each of our year groups in the documents below.