Confidence in the use of language and a range of communication skills gives children the capacity to participate fully in our society. Opportunities to communicate in a range of contexts and to a range of audiences are woven into each child’s learning experience at Hargrave Park. These include regular class assemblies, performance poetry events and published writing.
Class discussions are a key element of teaching and learning in all lessons. By explaining their ideas verbally, children consolidate their understanding and enable others to share in their insight.
Talk for writing is an approach which enables children to rehearse their ideas before writing. Writing is a complicated process – when writing, children need to consider the content, layout, correct grammar, accurate spelling, legible, regularly sized, fluent and joined handwriting.
Writing lessons are constructed carefully to teach different elements of writing across a range of genres through focused learning outcomes and success criteria. Spelling, punctuation and grammar are taught separately but with regular opportunity to put the skills learned into practice.
Children new to English are given support according to their needs. This includes ensuring inclusive classroom environments, where written and verbal language is complemented by visuals. Differentiated work is planned for children new to English, with careful pupil grouping to ensure good models of English are provided. When deemed necessary there may be provision made for a period of one to one, or small group focused support for children new to English