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At Highfield Hall, we strive to ensure that all our pupils receive a well-rounded learning experience when reading, writing, speaking and listening, which will equip them with the fundamental skills to achieve and become life-long learners. 


It is our intention to immerse pupils in the wonders of quality texts, to instil a love for reading, a passion for discovery and a confidence to explore their imagination. We believe the exposure of children’s literature within the primary school setting is vital as a rich context for learning; not only within English as a subject but to support building a reading culture throughout the school. We aim to use high quality books that offer opportunities for empathy and can aid philosophical enquiry, as a means of developing the spoken language requirements through debate, drama and discussion using the issues raised through, and within, the text.  

We believe English Language is an essential foundation for success in every subject, which will enable our children to shape their futures and to fully participate in society. 


Writing, Handwriting & Spelling


Writing Curriculum Intent

At Highfield Hall, we want our children to develop a love for the written word.  Through a book-based approach, children will be immersed in a literary world, creating strong levels of engagement to provide meaningful and authentic contexts for learning.  Through the teaching of English at Highfield Hall children will become critical readers, writers and speakers and acquire an authorial style as they encounter a wide-range of significant authors and a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.


Writing Implementation

At Highfield Hall we will always aim to create writing opportunities that are meaningful; whether short or long and that the audience is clear. The books we have carefully chosen offer this opportunity. We also aim to ensure children have real reasons to write, whether to explain, persuade, inform or instruct and that where possible, this can be embedded within text or linked to a curriculum area. Children will practise writing in role using a range of genres and is key to our approach as is writing a critique of the text and making comparisons – all writing skills that will support children in preparation for their time in secondary school.


Our pupils should be able to:

  • To present neatly
  • To spell correctly
  • To punctuate accurately
  • To use sentences appropriately
  • To write with purpose
  • To use imaginative description
  • To organise writing appropriately
  • To use paragraphs
  • To analyse writing
  • To present writing


Teachers will reinforce and build upon prior learning, make connections and develop subject specific language throughout pupils’ time at Highfield Hall.


Characteristics of a Writer

• The ability to write fluently and with interesting detail on a number of topics throughout the curriculum.
• A vivid imagination, which makes readers engage with and enjoy their writing.
• A highly developed vocabulary and an excellent knowledge of writing techniques to extend details or description.
• Well-organised and structured writing, which includes a variety of sentence structures.
• Excellent transcription skills that ensure their writing is well presented and punctuated, spelled correctly and neat.
• A love of writing and an appreciation of its educational, cultural and entertainment values.


In September we are introducing the Pathways to Write, a mastery approach to teaching writing.

Lessons focus on application of Gateway Keys (skills which the children should already have learnt) and the teaching of Mastery Keys (the skills which are being explicitly taught and applied in that unit of work).

 The mastery approach involves the learning, practising and repeated applying of four or five particular objectives taken from the National Curriculum expectations for that year group. Children are given various opportunities to apply these objectives and so become more secure in them.


Once mastered in that half term, they then become Gateway Keys for other units of work where applicable. Each Pathways to Write unit is centred around a high-quality, engaging text. These texts promote a wide range of vocabulary, offer a diverse range of genres, and introduce the children to a variety of authors and illustrators.


Pathways to Write matches the National Curriculum, and is cohesively sequenced and progressive, so that children are working at a level which matches that of their development. Teachers plan and adapt Pathways to Write units where applicable, to ensure that all children are accessing learning which is appropriate for them, and so that all children progress.



Reading and Phonics


Reading involves two main elements – word recognition (phonics) and language comprehension (understanding what you have read). We aim to teach every child to become a fluent reader by the end of KS1.

We teach children comprehension skills so that they can interpret and understand a text. We hope to inspire children to love literature and to use the crucial life skill of reading to open the doors to the rest of the curriculum and become lifelong learners.


From September we will be following a Mastery approach to English through the programme Pathways to Read. 

Units of work are delivered using high quality texts and children in all year groups are given varied opportunities for reading. Skills are built up through repetition within the units, and children apply these skills in the reading activities provided.  


There will be one whole class shared reading lesson per week from Years 2-6 with bespoke grouped reading for every pupil at least once a week as well as individual reading. For pupils still needing support with phonics from Years 2-6, we will provide an individual reading programme that has phonically decodable texts at the heart of it.


 In our shared and grouped reads, there will be a clear teaching focus with the opportunity to master key reading skills in each session. There are follow on reading tasks to enable pupils to evidence the skills they have mastered independently.


Many opportunities for widening children’s vocabulary are given through the Pathways to Read approach and this builds on the extensive work we do in school to provide our children with a rich and varied vocabulary. 




Monster Phonics Webinar/Workshop

This is workshop for parents. It will help you to understand phonics and explains all about Monster Phonics helps support your child's learning.

Help! What is Phonics?