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ENGLISH / HANDWRITING AT HAMBROUGH

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LITERACY

Reading for Enjoyment

All staff at Hambrough endeavour to foster in the children a love of reading and books. As a school we provide various opportunities to read from a range of sources and to a range of people – both at school and at home. These include guided reading groups, 1:1 reading support, a class library of books and access to online books in KS1.

Writing

Children learn to write as they learn to read gradually developing accurate spelling, neatly formed handwriting and an extensive vocabulary bank. At all stages in their learning they extend their ability to express their thoughts in written form. These include stories, descriptions, autobiographies, explanations, biographies, reports, poems, letters, play scripts etc. Simultaneously, they are also developing their spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Phonics

At Hambrough, children in Reception and Key Stage 1 follow the synthetic phonics approach, using the Letters and Sounds programme. It’s an approach to teaching phonics in which individual letters or letter sounds are blended to form groups of letters or sounds, and those groups are then blended to form complete words.

Letters and Sounds is divided into six phases, with each phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning. There are no big leaps in learning. Children have time to practise and rapidly expand their ability to read and spell words. They are also taught to read and spell ‘tricky words’ – words with spellings that are unusual or that children have not yet been taught.

Letters and sounds is structured in the following phases:

  • Phase 1: Nursery
  • Phases 2, 3 & 4: Reception
  • Phase 5: Year 1
  • Phase 6: Year 2

Click Here for the Powerpoint presentation, presented  at the Parents Workshop in December 2018 

HANDWRITING

At Hambrough, we follow the Nelson handwriting scheme of work which is linked to the National Curriculum. Our aim is that every child will be able to write clearly and fluently so that no child falls behind as a writer because of their handwriting.

Handwriting lessons are taught regularly with each class having a minimum of 3 stand-alone lessons each week (each session to last 15 minutes). During our writing lessons, children are reminded of the letters or joins taught that week during handwriting.

There has been much research into the relationship between handwriting, spelling and text production. Writing requires so many activities to take place within the brain including the generation of ideas, word choice, sequencing ideas, monitoring accuracy and communicating ideas clearly. If handwriting is fluent and automatic, it allows children to concentrate on the other aspects of writing, in turn producing a higher quality piece of work. It also enables them to write faster.

Our policy highlights the aims we have set out for all children:

Aims

We aim for children to:

  • To teach correct letter formation.
  • To teach children to write with a flowing hand which is legible and to the best of their ability
  • To support the development of correct spelling and to aid in the elimination of letter reversals by the learning of word patterns and the correct joining of letters.
  • To ensure that children of differing abilities are provided with appropriate and achievable goals.
  • To assist children in taking pride with the presentation of their work.
  • To instil in children the importance of clear and neat presentation in order to communicate meaning effectively.
  • To enable children to develop their own style of handwriting as they progress through their later primary years.

For extra support at home please look at the attachments for the correct script and language used for each letter and the National Curriculum aspects that relate to handwriting.

Handwriting Samples of Work

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