The promotion of a language rich curriculum is essential to the successful acquisition across the curriculum. In English, we use a core spine of quality texts that have been recommended through the Power of Reading and combine this with Pie Corbett’s recommended novels across each year group. To promote a vocabulary rich curriculum in classrooms, we use Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’ which encourages oracy before written work takes place. Working Walls display key vocabulary, enabling children to commit words to their working memory. The promotion and use of an accurate and rich cross curricular vocabulary throughout school is planned in all subjects. This is evident in all learning areas. Education Endowment Fund research indicates that all pupils benefit from oral language interventions, and some studies show slightly larger effects for younger children and pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds (up to six months' additional progress).
Please see below for details of the National Curriculum for English which we adhere to.
In the Junior School, whole class reading is taught three times a week. Here children are introduced to quality texts that are pitched 12-18 months ahead of their reading age. The EEF research indicates that reading comprehension approaches deliver an additional six months’ progress. At Highfield successful reading comprehension approaches allow activities to be carefully tailored to pupils’ reading capabilities, and involve activities and texts that provide an effective challenge. To encourage the love of reading, all classrooms have reading areas with topic themed books and fiction texts. We are looking forward to the school library opening, which will happen later this year. All children have access to Bug Club, which is a web-based reading scheme which they can access at home and school. A range of books can be allocated by class teachers to support learners at home. Free reading is encouraged by class teachers, but this may be directed around topics or authors being studied.
At Highfield we use a selection of high quality texts to base our written work around, where appropriate. Talk for Writing techniques are used across the curriculum to model and scaffold the language, grammar and structure that are needed to ensure children make strong progress in their writing. EEF data and Talk for Writing case studies in Lewisham, Sheffield and Brighton have shown that young writers’ attitudes to writing and the quality of their writing can be transformed through meaningful use of oral activities before writing. These activities are purposeful and deliberative, helping children to internalize the rhythms and patterns of text. Writing moderation takes place on a weekly basis across year groups with whole school moderation taking place regularly within our MAT, which is now 10 schools. Handwriting and presentation are a strength across the school, with a consistent approach taken, enabling children to write neatly and efficiently in cursive script.
Current spelling lists can be found on the Year Group pages.