At Henry Maynard Primary School, Communication, Language and Literacy (CLLD) is at the heart of the curriculum. We believe that all children should be given the opportunity, through quality-first teaching, to achieve a high level of literary knowledge, skills and understanding that enables them to have access to the full range of the curriculum with confidence, and enables them to become effective communicators.
We aim to provide a language-rich environment that promotes a culture of reading and writing across the school and allows children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively. The skills that children develop in English are linked to, and applied within, every subject of our curriculum.
Speaking and Listening skills are developed through every day teaching and learning across all subject areas. Children are taught to adapt language to suit different purposes and audiences, and to speak with clarity and confidence. They are taught to listen attentively and respond appropriately during conversation.
Grammar teaching takes place across reading, writing and spelling lessons; however, it is also taught discretely to ensure coverage of the yearly overview. Children are taught specific grammatical terminology as identified on the termly English Overviews.
Writing skills* are taught using elements of the Talk 4 Writing approach.
Reading* is taught through whole class reading and Phonic sessions.
Handwriting* is taught discretely once a week (using the Letter Joins scheme) and practised daily as part of English or Phonics lessons.
Spellings* are taught discretely once a week (following Letters and Sounds / Rising Stars), practised daily through handwriting practise and reinforced at every opportunity.