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Hadrian Primary School

"An outstanding school where children make excellent progress" Ofsted

English

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English Curriculum Overview

 

At Hadrian Primary School we develop children’s abilities to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes. Children learn to use language to communicate ideas, views and feelings. This enables children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively both verbally and through the written word. We aim to share with children the joy  of reading and to help them to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as non-fiction and media texts. The revised English National Curriculum is followed.

 

Reading and Phonics

 

Children are given daily opportunities to develop their reading skills. Children learn to read using the Letters and Sounds synthetic phonics program. This consists of six phases. This is carried out daily in the foundation Stage and KS1. Where necessary phonics will continue into KS2. Once children master accurate decoding , a greater emphasis is placed on comprehension. Through reading independently, guided, shared and paired reading children learn to read with confidence, fluency and understanding. Reading takes place with a variety of adults, peers and mixed age groups. Home/school reading partnerships support every child to become an independent reader. At Hadrian Primary School we encourage a love of Reading through a well resourced library, special events, themed days, author visits, book fairs, clubs and a very strong partnership with The Word in South Shields.

 

Writing

As children enter the Foundation Stage there are writing opportunities in all areas of learning. In KS1 and 2 transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing) form the basis for what is taught. Children apply the skills they have been taught in all areas of the curriculum. Children are taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. Writing takes place in many forms - through word and sentence level activities, independently, modelled, shared, paired and requires an awareness of audience, purpose and context.

 

 

Spelling

Through synthetic phonics children are taught the different ways of spelling sounds and then apply their growing knowledge to write words, captions and sentences. Alongside decodable words, the reading and spelling of common exception/tricky words (those which can't be sounded out) are taught. Phase 6 of the Letters and Sounds program focuses on spelling strategies. As children enter KS2 the TES spelling program is followed. We encourage children to explore words and think about the origins and connections between words. Wordlists for Years 3&4 and Years 5&6 are taught and contain a mixture of frequently used words as well as those that children often misspell. We aim to embed spelling opportunities in all areas of the curriculum.

 

Handwriting

In the Foundation Stage children develop many pre-writing skills. Correct letter formation is taught in a variety of enjoyable ways. As they become able, children begin to write letters using a variety of materials. Children are taught how to hold their pencil correctly. Children learn to regulate the size of letters which leads to neatly presented work. When children are ready they are taught to join letters which leads to fluent, legible and speedy writing.

 

Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation

Through talk and reading children's vocabulary is developed. Children are taught grammatical concepts and then encouraged to apply and identify these in the written and spoken word. Specific punctuation and grammatical terminology is taught in each year group.

 

Speaking and Listening

Speaking and listening are not taught as discrete subjects, but are embedded in all aspects of school life, across all areas of the curriculum and are part of everything we do. Pupils are provided with many and varied contexts for talk enabling them to communicate confidently and effectively. 

Basic Skills

At Hadrian Primary school we believe that the acquisition of basic skills is the foundation of all learning. We aim to provide a curriculum which is broad and balanced with an emphasis on the basic skills which is intrinsic to every aspect of the curriculum and everyday life.

We are committed to ensuring that every child who attends Hadrian Primary School, no matter what their academic ability, has high expectations set for them.

Using the basic skills rainbow, targets will be set for all pupils on an individual basis and will be shared with parents and carers as deemed appropriate.

The school is committed to maintaining and enhancing Literacy throughout the school and providing support and information to parents about basic skills and how they can help their children.

Tony Wilson the storyteller visited our school !

Tony Wilson the storyteller visited our school ! 1
Tony Wilson the storyteller visited our school ! 2

We were very fortunate to spend a whole day working with Tony. Children from nursery to year six had personalised workshops. "Hadrian Primary is one of those schools where you are made to feel welcome from the instant you walk in and the level of concentration, participation and cooperation from the staff and pupils is exemplary. My visit was made all the more enjoyable with the warm enthusiastic response from all of the classes I received. Well done!" - Tony Wilson (Storyteller)

You can find out more about Tony on his website.

Celebrating World Book Day with the theme Traditional tales

Celebrating World Book Day with the theme Traditional tales 1
Celebrating World Book Day with the theme Traditional tales 2

Year 1, class 4 Conscience Alley

Year 1, class 4 Conscience Alley 1

Pie Corbett Storytelling -Class 4

Pie Corbett Storytelling -Class 4 1
Pie Corbett Storytelling -Class 4 2

The author Tommy Donbavand visited KS2 !

The author Tommy Donbavand visited KS2 ! 1

The poet Paul Cookson visited Hadrian Primary School !

The poet Paul Cookson visited Hadrian Primary School ! 1 The cigar box ukelele made poetry even more fun !

Everyone enjoyed The Peter Pan pantomime

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We celebrated taking part in the Summer Library Reading Challenge.

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We celebrated World Book Day. Our theme was Bedtime Stories.

We celebrated World Book Day. Our theme was Bedtime Stories. 1
We celebrated World Book Day. Our theme was Bedtime Stories. 2
We celebrated World Book Day. Our theme was Bedtime Stories. 3
We celebrated World Book Day. Our theme was Bedtime Stories. 4
We celebrated World Book Day. Our theme was Bedtime Stories. 5
We celebrated World Book Day. Our theme was Bedtime Stories. 6
We celebrated World Book Day. Our theme was Bedtime Stories. 7
We celebrated World Book Day. Our theme was Bedtime Stories. 8

The poet Alistair Robinson visited Hadrian on National Poetry Day!

The poet Alistair Robinson visited Hadrian on National Poetry Day! 1
The poet Alistair Robinson visited Hadrian on National Poetry Day! 2

The author Vivian French visited our school.

The author Vivian French visited our school. 1
The author Vivian French visited our school. 2
The author Vivian French visited our school. 3
The author Vivian French visited our school. 4 Vivian French signed copies of her books for us!
Picture 1 Conscience Alley -Year 1
Picture 2 World Book Day
Picture 3 World Book Day
Picture 4 World Book Day assembly by class 4
Picture 5 Guy Bass visited school
Picture 6 Guy Bass visited school.
Picture 7 Korky Paul, the illustrator, visited Hadrian
Picture 8 Y1- in the hot seat as Goldilocks
Picture 9 Role play - at the dentist
Picture 10 Super Kids visit to Seven Stories.
Picture 11 Lost suitcase posters
Picture 12 Theatre group visit
Picture 13 Theatre group visit.
Picture 14 In Literacy we talked about our special things.
Picture 15 uper Kids visit to Seven Stories.
Picture 16 In Literacy we talked about our special things.
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Picture 18 We dressed up for World Book Day
Picture 19 We dressed up for World Book Day.
Picture 20 Super Kids visit to Seven Stories
Picture 21 Comparing tiger stories at the library.
Picture 22 World Book Day library visit
Picture 23 Julia Jarman author visit
Picture 24 Julia Jarman author visit
Picture 25 Julia Jarman author visit
Picture 26 Julia Jarman author visit
Picture 27 Julia Jarman author visit
Picture 28 Julia Jarman author visit
Picture 29 Year 1 retold the story of Guy Fawkes.

Reading for pleasure- useful websites on children’s books to help promote a love of reading.

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