English at Hythe Bay
We aim to create a Christian environment in which each child is valued and special and in which respect for the rights and needs of others is nurtured. As a Church school we believe all we do is supported by biblical guidelines.
Literacy unites the important skills of reading, writing and speaking and listening. Language is a tool for manipulating thoughts and learning. Since English is integral to the whole curriculum, it follows that whenever anything is being taught or learned it needs to be scaffolded by language and this, in turn, will lead to language development in the child.
We aim to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of Speaking & Listening, Reading & Writing. Pupils will be given opportunities to interrelate the requirements of English within a broad and balanced approach to the teaching of English across the curriculum, with opportunities to consolidate and reinforce taught literacy skills.
At Hythe Bay Church of England Primary School we strive for children to be a ‘Primary Literate Pupil’. By the age of 11 we aim for a child to be able to:
read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding, orchestrating a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct.
have an interest in books and read for enjoyment.
have an interest in words, their meanings; developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms.
understand a range of text types and genres – be able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation.
be developing the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses.
At Hythe Bay Church of England Primary School we believe that it is the right of every child to become a competent and confident user of the English language. We aim to deliver high quality teaching which takes different learning styles into account, and to support and encourage all children to achieve their full potential. We strive to cultivate a real enjoyment of reading and writing.
Our English curriculum is guided mainly by the Renewed Literacy Framework.
Statutory requirements for the teaching and learning of English are laid out in the National Curriculum English Document (2014) and in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2014). These objectives are delivered through a Talk 4 Writing approach.
If you have any questions relating to the teaching of English, please speak with your child’s class teacher.
Throughout the Foundation Stage (The Early Years), Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage Two (Years 3-6) children are given opportunities to speak, listen and represent their ideas through activities such as drama and role play. As they progress through the school, children are encouraged to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say and to change the way they speak to suit different situations, purposes and audiences. Pupils are encouraged to develop a capacity to explain their understanding of books and other reading, and to prepare their ideas before they write.
Philosophy 4 Children
At Hythe Bay Church of England Primary School, we have adopted ‘Philosophy 4 Children’ across our curriculum to support the development of spoken language and independent thinking. The underlying principle is for children and young people to experience rational and reasonable dialogue about things that matter to them and their teachers. All participants work together in a ‘community of enquiry’. The aim for each child is not to win an argument but to become clearer, more accurate, less self-contradictory and more aware of other arguments and values before reaching a conclusion.
Phonics at Hythe Bay Church of England Primary School is taught using a combination of Jolly Phonics and the DFES ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics programme daily, which starts in Reception and progresses through Key Stage 1, and lower Key Stage 2. In Upper Key Stage 2, children who still need to develop their phonic skills will be taught in small intervention groups. Have a look at the following website to see how letters and sounds works: http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/
You should have received from the class teacher a phonics booklet at an appropriate level for your child. Alternatively, you can access them here:
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At Hythe Bay Church of England Primary School, the love of reading is nurtured and children develop as confident, competent readers.
The school’s reading books are organised into book bands which are consistent across the school. Competent readers are encouraged to use the school library, where they can access a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts.
As a school Guided Reading is taught through a combination of small group and whole class teaching. Teaching Guided Reading allows children to access a range of different texts whilst developing comprehension, inference and core reading skills. Reading Plus is an online intervention which is used in Upper Key Stage 2 to improve reading speed and deepen comprehension.
Children are encouraged to read at home. Reading at home can involve school reading books, comics, newspapers or any of your own books. We want to promote a love of reading and this comes in many forms!
Talk 4 Writing
As a school we are beginning to teach writing through Pie Corbett’s Talk 4 Writing Scheme. Talk 4 Writing enables children to imitate the key language that they need for a topic orally before they try to use it within their own writing.
There are 3 main stages to this approach to teaching writing:
The Imitation Stage: Children start each unit of work with a ‘cold write’ and
targets are then set to work on throughout each unit. Children are introduced
to a new topic using a hook which excites them. This is followed by children
learning a model text through learning a story map. This process enables
children to hear and use language orally before being expected to write
anything down. An example of hooks and story maps.
The Innovation Stage: Once children are familiar with the model text they move
onto innovating the text. This can involve lots of drama activities to develop
speaking and listening skills and to gain a deeper understanding of the text.
Children create a tool kit for what a good version looks like and use this to
develop their own version. This can involve changing the story map and ‘boxing up’ their own version of the text. Lots of shared writing takes place at this stage with a strong focus on grammar and vocabulary.
The Invention Stage: Children create their own version of a text focussing on their targets that were set in the initial stage. Children complete a topic with a ‘Hot Write’ and targets are re-assessed. These targets may be carried forward if they are not fully achieved. After completing a hot write children are given the opportunity to up-level and redraft their work.
Our children are very positive about Talk 4 Writing. “The more we do it, the more the structure gets glued into our heads. Symbols help us remember and it gives you something to build your work on.” Callum (Year 6) “I like it because we get to be creative. It’s fun to make up your own actions.” Beth (Year 5)
There is a focus on grammar through all stages of Talk 4 Writing; it is taught through a range of mini activities, games and plenaries. Some aspects are taught through stand-alone lessons as we progress into Key Stage 2.
At Hythe Bay Church of England Primary School we understand the importance of correct spelling throughout the curriculum (not just in a spelling test!) We are in the process of implementing a new spelling scheme ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ Information regarding this can be found at:
All spellings that are sent home are from the DFE’s spelling lists which can be found at:
Some children are further supported by a personalised intervention: Clued/Cued Spelling. This technique is highly interactive but aims to encourage ‘self-managed’ learning with weekly monitoring by a trained member of staff.
Our School Feedback and Marking Policy also supports children to notice when they have made a spelling mistake and they then go through using a purple pen to edit their work supported by dictionaries, word cards or teachers.
We have recently introduced a new scheme, ‘Teach Handwriting’, for whole class teaching of handwriting. For more information see –
In school, children have entered poems into the ‘Rhymecraft’ competition. Many of these have been selected for publication. Well done, authors! Have a read of these amazing entries and see for yourself: The Tsunami By Morgan, Cyclopes By Owen and The Labyrinth by Greg.
Websites to Support Learning at Home
Phonics Play- https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
Mr Thorne’s Phonics- https://www.youtube.com/user/breakthruchris
Jolly Phonics - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COJdn6sbbsk
Epic Phonics- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMyssfAUx0
Spelling and Grammar