Lead Teacher: Mr Daniel Chapman
At Hertford St Andrew we strive to deliver an exciting and varied curriculum which will engage and challenge our children. We use and adapt HfL (Herts for Learning) planning across all year groups, which ensures that our students are exposed to a wide range of texts and genres and learn in a creative, focused and challenging manner.
Pupils at Hertford St Andrew enjoy daily shared reading sessions where they 'take a deep dive' into a high quality text and examine the language and vocabulary and hone their comprehension skills. Spellings and handwriting are specifically taught in stand-alone sessions throughout every week so that our pupils get to the end of Key Stage 2 with a wide variety of literary skills to call upon and are confident and talented readers and writers. At Hertford St Andrew we also recognise the importance of public speaking and confident vocal expression so we develop our children's oracy skills through a range of activities such as termly debates, drama, writing and performing speeches and giving presentations.
Our teachers use a variety of resources to keep our units of work current, exciting and appropriate whilst ensuring we meet the statutory requirements of the curriculum. English as a subject is truly cross curricular and you can see our celebration of writing displayed regularly throughout the school.
Aims and objectives
The study of English develops children’s ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes. The use of written and verbal language in the classroom enables children to communicate ideas, views and feelings creatively and imaginatively. As they become enthusiastic and critical leaders of stories, poetry, playscripts, non-fiction and media texts, children gain an understanding of how language works. Children use their knowledge, skills and understanding in speaking and writing across a range of different situations.
The aims of English are:
- to enable children to speak clearly and audibly in ways which take account of their audience;
- to encourage children to listen with concentration in order to be able to identify the main points of what they have heard, and respond appropriately;
- to enable children to adapt their speech to a wide range of circumstances and demands;
- to develop children’s abilities to reflect on their own and others’ contributions and the language used;
- to enable children to explore and evaluate their own and others’ thoughts, feelings and beliefs, through a range of drama activities;
- to develop confident, independent readers through an appropriate focus on word, sentence and text-level knowledge;
- to encourage children to become enthusiastic and reflective readers through immersion in challenging, texts and discussions;
- to help children enjoy writing and recognise its value;
- to enable children to write with accuracy and meaning in narrative and nonfiction;
- to increase the children’s ability to use planning, drafting and editing to improve their work.