At Saville House School, we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge base in English, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. We believe that a secure basis in English skills is crucial to a high-quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.
We aim to inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage and a habit of reading widely and often. Children being to develop their reading skills with a systematic approach to Synthetic Phonics in the Early Years and Year One. At Saville House school, reading is taught following Jane Considine’s Hooked on Books pedagogy. The ‘Hooked on Books’ programme is in line with current National Curriculum expectations and encourages the discussion of rich texts.
During our guided reading sessions, the children engage in a vocabulary rich timetable which nurtures their love of reading. In Book Talk, children discuss the texts they are reading through different lenses of the reading rainbow.
We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. In the Early Years, children begin mark making with a variety of materials and develop their skills towards writing meaningful sentences. Progressing into Key Stage One and Two, school has adopted ‘The Write Stuff’ approach to writing, where children write daily in ‘sentence stacking’ sessions, strengthening their understanding of sentence construction, grammatical techniques and use of vocabulary. This approach allows for a smooth transition from guided, Teacher-Modelled session into independent writing sessions, where opportunities to write in a range of genres are built across the curriculum.