At King's Hedges Educational Federation we believe that English is vital in enabling our pupils to communicate effectively and access all curriculum areas. We therefore have a focused and structured approach to our English curriculum to ensure that children are equipped with the skills they need.
'Leaders have worked hard to improve handwriting and presentation across the school. Consequently, pupils are proud of their work. As a result of consistent and systematic teaching, pupils quickly develop a fluent joined handwriting style. Reading is taught well, and most pupils have access to an inspiring range of high quality texts. Phonics is taught systematically, resulting in consistent improvements in the proportion of pupils who achieved the national Year 1 phonics screening check over the last four years. Standards are now in line with the national average and pupils are increasingly using phonic strategies to decode unfamiliar words independently.' OFSTED 2019
Information regarding Remote Learning
English expectations for a week’s remote learning include a SPaG* focus activity, a dictation, spelling practice, two reading comprehensions and further reading using the provided resources. How to plan out these activities day-by-day is shown on the class’ task planner.
*(Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)
The assigned activities also include an extended writing task. A video explaining the good example will be shared by your child’s teacher. Pupils should check the good example and have a go at locating the success criteria before watching the video. They can check their understanding during the video. The teacher will also explain the task within the video. The next day, pupils should plan their writing using the word bank provided. They could upload their plan to be shared with a teacher. The next day, pupils can complete their writing, using their plan as a structural guide. On Friday, before uploading, pupils should proofread and edit in any missing punctuation or words and correct any mistakes they notice, using their non negotiables and success criteria. Once complete, they should upload. Teachers will provide feedback including an improvement point which can be completed at the start of the following week.
For more information regarding policies and practices at KHEF and for resources to help with remote learning, including available reading material, please click on the following links.