Our overarching aim when teaching English here at Howitt, is to equip pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word and to develop their love for reading. English throughout our school follows the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum which encompasses:
- speaking and listening
- spelling, grammar and punctuation
- handwriting and presentation
At Howitt Primary School, we want our pupils to be confident and competent in all of these areas so that they can:
- communicate effectively with others
- express themselves creatively
- appreciate a wide range of literature
- develop critical awareness
- express preferences based on informed judgements
We set a variety of homework activities.
Pupils are given books to take home and read with their parents or other adults. We recommend reading with your child at least 3 times a week for approximately 10 to 15 minutes each time. Remember, this doesn’t always have to be their school reading book, it could be a book that they own from home. Whenever a child reads to an adult, please record it in their reading record as they gain rewards for reading at home. They receive a reward after 10, 30, 60 and 100 reads at home.
Pupils are given spelling patterns or phonemes to practise. We also may give the pupils spelling activities linked to the letters and sounds programme and our spelling programme as well as new topic vocabulary. If you are not sure what your child’s spelling pattern or phoneme is, please ask their class teacher.
This is a chance to talk about a particular topic or item of interest. This is to encourage pupils to discuss their learning with their parents/carers.