Welcome back to school: we look forward to showing you some of the fabulous work that our children will be producing throughout this year!
English Statement of Intent
At Howitt Primary Community School, we strongly believe that a quality English curriculum will develop pupils’ love of reading, writing and discussion.
Through speaking and listening, reading and writing pupils develop their power of imagination, inventiveness and awareness of the world. By helping them to gain a secure understanding of English, we are empowering our pupils to communicate effectively and imaginatively, share their emotions and allow them to engage with others in school and the wider society.
Our intention is to support pupils to become lifelong readers who have enquiring minds and are confident, independent learners.
Through stories, children encounter vocabulary that they are unlikely to hear in everyday conversation but will come across in writing, once they can read for themselves.
The reading framework: Teaching the foundations of literacy July 2021
(Department for Education)
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.