English is at the heart of everything we do at Hollymount School. Speaking and listening, reading and writing are needed in every part of the school day and will be the key skills our pupils need to equip them for their futures.
We follow the English National Curriculum – details of which can be found on the downloads tab. This forms the basis of our whole school curriculum, which adopts a termly themed approach.
We aim to develop a love of literature and language and at the core of each theme every class will study a key text, which will link many areas of the curriculum. Look at your child’s class page for more details.
The teaching of reading, writing and spoken skills is key throughout our curriculum. Every child will be taught to learn to read and spell through a system of phonics (Read Write Inc). Children are taught to recognise letters and the sounds they make (see phonics links below), they then blend these sounds to read and segment them to spell for example;
s-p-l-a-sh = splash
It is really important that children learn to pronounce these sounds (phonemes) clearly to help them to blend into words and they will be practising EVERY day in school. Phonics will be a key part of the curriculum for all children from Reception to Year 2. To find out more about how we teach reading follow the link here.
It is ultimately our aim to support as many children as possible to become fluent readers by the end of Year 1 and the majority during Year 2. As with all areas of learning, each child will learn at their own rate and where we feel extra support is needed we will discuss this with parents and provide it in the best way fit.
Reading at home is a key element to a child’s success. All children in the school will have a reading book to take and should read a little every day. Your support is vital. Please ask your child’s class teacher if you need any support in helping your child.
Children can also access a range of on-line games to develop their reading and spelling skills. Why not try some of the links on our games page?
Children at Hollymount experience ebooks via the online programme ‘Bug Club’. Children are allocated books by their teachers and answer a range of questions about what they have read. Bug Club can be accessed on tablets, ipads, laptops and computers at home as well as school.
Once children become fluent readers, their English lessons will focus on texts and different forms of writing. As with reading, our aim is to support every child to become a fluent and successful writer. This needs them to be skilled at spelling, grammar, punctuation and handwriting, as well as composition.