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26/04/21

Year 4 have been studying the work of Louise Bourgeois. They used her art as inspiration for their own creations - bugs with an innovative twist! https://t.co/6StZn6q4tK

26/04/21

A huge thank you to and their for providing us with flowers, bulbs and soil to brighten up the school grounds. The children prepared the beds, planted them and we are now waiting for everything to grow! https://t.co/GfUAak7Cwu

18/04/21

Tomorrow is the first day of the Summer Term at HPAHP. We are looking forward to welcoming all our children and families back. Same staggered start and finish times as last term - see you tomorrow! https://t.co/gWyiEEkvBu

06/04/21

Update - Breakfast club allocations have been sent out via email this morning. After school club allocation letters to follow this afternoon.

01/04/21

We have reached the end of the spring term. We hope all our families have a restful and relaxing break. We look forward to seeing you all on MONDAY 19TH APRIL 2021! https://t.co/eu77Ftli3s

01/04/21

This week our Reception and Year 1 children made Spring cakes to celebrate the end of term. A huge thank you to our local store who provided us with the ingredients as part of their scheme. 🧁 https://t.co/oyoRqdzMcI

01/04/21

Today is the last day of term at HPAHP. Please note the collection times this afternoon! https://t.co/CvyPgdxXan

01/04/21

This morning we have had a special visitor at HPAHP. The spring bunny has joined Mr Hyneman to hand out star of the week awards! 🐰🌟 https://t.co/uU7K7flLjt

31/03/21

Tomorrow is our last day of term. Please note the collection times ⬇️ There is no after school club provision tomorrow. All children need to be collected at the times stated below. https://t.co/jwozBErGsi

30/03/21

Retweetd From Whitgift School

The Audiobook brought together nearly a hundred readers from across the community, and the local area, to perform Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic collection, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Read more about it here: https://t.co/N9A8yMpR1T https://t.co/lIh0RNuZwe

30/03/21

Good morning! We’ve set up a temporary email address, if you need to contact us. harrisprimaryhalingpark.com We will come back to you as quickly as we can but are still experiencing significant IT issues! https://t.co/mSOnPobyvV

29/03/21

Retweetd From Harris Federation

Last week issued an alert about a spike in ransomware attacks on schools. We have suffered an attack since then. Although measures were in place to protect our systems, our servers have been impacted. See https://t.co/0JeUHHfRDp for further info and a statement below. https://t.co/4U02Y6zmbG

24/03/21

A very exciting delivery has arrived for our Reception classes this week. We will be watching closely as the frog spawn develops in the next few weeks! https://t.co/1XF4DHX0D4

24/03/21

Huge thank you to and our local for donating ingredients for some Spring themed baking. We will share the creations from Year 1 next week! https://t.co/elMcpyYAsA

08/03/21

On their first day back Morpurgo class completed some excellent arithmetic today. They presented their work beautifully and calculated accurately. Miss Appadoo is so proud! https://t.co/Yj1WSbXDOp

08/03/21

It was a busy first day back at HPAHP today, with some of our pupils settling in to reading some great books in our brand new Reading Hub! https://t.co/reipnUCaLb

05/03/21

It has been a busy week at HPAHP. Lots has been going on and we are very excited about welcoming all our families back on Monday morning! https://t.co/Bp4CeqLpcb

05/03/21

Retweetd From Ellie Bound GBarmy

We had to dress as adjectives for Alec is “sparkly” https://t.co/GtbuoNQpzC

05/03/21

Lottie was super creative yesterday by making her own Supertato! Great work Lottie! https://t.co/uZSGoV9sV4

04/03/21

We have really enjoyed World Book Day here at Haling Park today! Our theme was "adjectives" and everyone looked amazing! https://t.co/YEgtCfdOMe

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English

Intent: Introduction, Vision and Philosophy 


The purpose of this document is to clarify the how, why, and what of English teaching at Harris Primary Academy Haling Park. This is to be used by staff to clarify expectations, highlight the resources that we have at our disposal, and to ensure that a high-quality English curriculum is being taught to all. At Harris Primary Haling Park, we want our children to be creative writers who read for pleasure, as well as for information. They learn a wide range of vocabulary and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and the spoken language. We instil in our children the importance of discussion to learn; they are taught to be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas. 

At Harris Primary Haling Park, we believe that children should be able to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading, children have the chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.  

 
Implementation:  What does English look like at HPAHP? 

English is taught across the school focusing on the following different skills: Phonics, SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar), Reading, Handwriting, Speaking and listening, and writing. We teach Reading, Phonics, Spelling and Handwriting separately outside of our English lessons as these are key skills the children will need in order to access the learning in their English lesson and therefore must be given precedence. 

Phonics 

Phonics is taught in 40-minute lessons to give children quick, regular practise at least 5 times a week. From EYFS children begin the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme. Lesson plans are taken from the lesson structures in the RWI folders (in each classroom) and children are taught initial sounds alongside a mnemonic to help their recall. The programme is designed to ensure that children are taught reading rigorously; ensuring that they have the skills to approach new words with confidence, and developing their fluency to ensure they are able to become competent readers.  

Each 40-minute phonics session has a minimum of three RWI ‘lessons’. 

SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) 

SPaG is taught as part of the main English lesson each day. Lessons follow a weekly (or however long is needed) focus on a different punctuation, grammar or spelling focus for each week using the National Curriculum guidelines along with the school’s SPaG overview. Lessons will go together with the genre of writing that is being taught in literacy lessons to accompany the skills that they need to learn for that particular writing style.  

Spellings are taught once a week and focus on a spelling pattern for each week. The children are taught using a task that they are then able to take home to practise along with a list of spellings containing that pattern. These are tested weekly (every Wednesday) at the start of each English lesson. 

Reading

Whole class reading is taught throughout the school. There are 5 reading lessons per week, each lasting for 30 minutes. Each session will then focus on a reading statement allowing children to develop all the skills they need to be effective readers- vocabulary choices, grammar choices, prediction, inference and deduction, authorial intent and style etc. Each of these skills is presented to the children as a detective skill.   

Achievement will be measured through learning walks, pupil voice interviews and the outcomes of reading assessments. 

The expectation is that all children in teh Academy read every night and record this on their bookmark.

Handwriting 

Children take part in regular handwriting practise every day. Handwriting is a practised skill that they take part in before their English lesson or after lunchtime. Using the Nelson handwriting programme, children practise the set of patterns by copying the joins from the IWB before moving on to forming words using these joins. Joins are introduced at the end of year 1. 

English lessons 

At HPAHP we teach children writing skills through a range of vocabulary rich texts. Each year group focuses on one text per half term and teaching is supported by the reading of the texts. Suggested genres are available to teachers to help teach different writing skills across a unit; a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry genres are taught. Genres of writing will often span over one or two weeks depending on the genre and writing outcome. To become immersed in the subject matter, teaching sequences may cover speaking and listening or drama activities. These ensure that children can listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers, ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge and use relevant strategies to build their vocabulary. Children participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates to develop their speaking skills. Teachers are encouraged to use a range of techniques, including Talk for Writing. From speaking and listening activities, lessons will then move on to grammar skills (if necessary) and then begin to plan, using various methods, their final writing outcome. Children are given the opportunity to edit and make final drafts before presenting their work.  

Impact - Evidence and Assessment 


Recording of lessons in English books is required to show a journey of the child’s learning through each topic. The work in their books supports their ability to remember what learning has come before their current learning. Children can record their lesson in the most appropriate way; a range of different methods is encouraged to allow children to be exposed to different ways of demonstrating their understanding. Photographs of drama lessons, for example, are a good way of reminding children of what skills they learned in that drama lesson and they should be given the opportunity to reflect on this learning.  

Assessments of the children’s writing is made half-termly whereby a range of extended, independent writing is used to assess the progress and attainment of their writing.