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Stonehill School

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Growing Lifelong Learners


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 The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding

  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information

  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language

  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage

  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences

  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas

  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.



Read Write Inc.


Learning to read is the most important thing that children will learn at school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as possible into making sure every single child learns to read quickly. 


In Reception, we start by teaching children phonics. This means they learn to read sounds in words and how these sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading but also helps with spelling. We teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters. The children also practise reading 'tricky' words, such as once, have, said and where which cannot be sounded out. Once the phonics skills are learnt, the children work in these sessions on their fluency. 


In Year 1 the children continue with daily Read Write Inc. sessions within groups The children are continually assessed and group to ensure children can make progress. The children practise their reading with books that match the phonics and 'tricky' words that they know. Children bring a Read Write Inc. book home that is directly linked to their learning in class. Children should be able to read these independently as they will have been learning it in class. At home, children could be encouraged to tell the story aloud, think about the characters and answer questions about what they have read. Read Write Inc. is taught in phonics time and guided reading sessions in Years 1 and 2. 







English lessons are taught daily. We also teach spelling using Essential Spelling as part of the English lesson for 20 minutes at the start of the session in KS2. We group the children to enable them to make progress.

English lessons are creative and often focused around a story or text that the children will explore and then respond to by writing in a variety of genres. This means that the new skills that children are taught are embedded within lessons. They are then encouraged to use them in daily writing.


Guided Reading

We teach reading thorough English lessons as well as in our Guided reading sessions four times a week. The children work in groups, they get the chance to read aloud with their teacher and complete activities. They also get to develop comprehension skills on carefully formed questions around a chosen real book. . Children are also encouraged to bring in texts from home to read during free reading sessions to enhance their love of reading.


We want children to love reading and want to read for themselves. To ensure the children get to know a variety of books, they will also have a library book available to take home. 



Accelerated Reading


Accelerated Reader is a reading program designed to encourage and promote successful reading. It helps students to track their reading comprehension by providing them the tools to measure their improvement. AR places the focus on the careful reading of books, which in turn promotes critical thinking.


Children read books in their ZPD. After the child has read a book, the child logs on to the classroom computer and takes the AR Reading Practice quiz for the book they just completed. They earn points based on their success on each quiz. The questions are designed to show how well the student understands the material. It’s one thing to read a book – it’s another thing to comprehend it in a meaningful way. The school provides incentives by way of the AR Store to encourage successful reading. It's a fun, exciting way to encourage a love of reading in children.



Handwriting is taught daily across the school following the Nelson handwriting scheme. This focuses on letter formation and joins that the children should use. Children are encouraged to use cursive handwriting from Year 2 onwards. Letter formation is the focus in the EYFS and Year 1. The children are encouraged during handwriting sessions to practise their spellings at the same time. 



Story Time

At Stonehill, we use the last 15- 20 minutes of the day to share class stories. We ensure that over the year the children hear a variety of genres that they may not always naturally choose. We focus on having calm classrooms where the children can listen and join the adults in the room on the latest adventure 


Read Write Inc. Information for Parents