Hasland Junior School

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'Reach for the moon and even if you miss,
you will land amongst the stars.'

English

Our belief at Hasland Junior School is that all pupils should be able to confidently communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions through their writing, preparing them for secondary school and beyond. Through a range of inspiring literature, experiences, books and drama, we want our children to be able to write clearly, accurately, meaningfully , coherently and be able adapt their style for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.

We want to set high aspirations for all children so our range of example texts are full of rich vocabulary and content, and high-levelled grammar. Using the fun, practical Rainbow Grammar scheme, we teach grammar alongside the writing process as we want our children to compose a wide range of sentence structures, improve their sentences continually and use sophisticated punctuation.

We want our children to become good writers by teaching them how to refine and edit their work, facilitating independence to identify their own areas for improvement in all pieces of writing, editing their work effectively during and after the writing process, ready for secondary school writing.  We want pupils to acquire a wide range of vocabulary and be able to spell new words by applying the spelling patterns and rules, using our online Spelling Shed resource and Sounds Write phonics scheme.  

We aim for the teaching and learning of Reading to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding to become avid learners through reading.  Reading is a fundamental part of the learning experience at Hasland Junior School and the teaching and learning of reading is one of our main priorities. We believe it is a skill, which underpins a child’s ability to access the wider curriculum and allows them to broaden their vocabulary and develop vivid imaginations in order to prepare them for the wider world.  Through our teaching and through daily reading, we develop the children's love of reading for pleasure, as well as for information, by exposing them to a variety of literature, genres and authors. Pupils acquire strategies to enable them to become independent learners, reading easily, fluently and enquiring a wide vocabulary to ensure good understanding.