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. This is done through a range of literacy genres and planned speaking and listening opportunities, in addition to class assemblies and other performances.
Writing is a complicated process – children need to consider the content, layout, grammar, accurate spelling, legible handwriting and the ability to link their ideas cohesively.
Each literacy unit takes children through five stages: immersion, subject matter, planning, drafting and editing. Each unit has a clear audience, purpose and genre. Children have opportunities to inform, persuade and entertain across a variety of text types, each one with its own set of success criteria. Motivation for writing is supported by creative and purposeful outcomes: a letter is posted, a poster is displayed and scripts are performed! Children also regularly have opportunity to share their published work with another class. Spelling and grammar rules are taught and revised at the start of lessons.
Class discussions are always a key element of teaching and learning in all lessons. By explaining their ideas verbally, children consolidate their understanding, social skills and may be required to think flexibly to find different ways of explaining their idea.
Children new to English are given support according to their needs. This includes 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.