The school follows the new National Curriculum for English and this is closely linked, where appropriate, to the themed curriculum. In 2014 we introduced Read Write Inc, Literacy and Language, a scheme of work for pupils in Years 2-6 to ensure that all pupils are systematically challenged from year to year,
The children are expected to use Standard English we aim to ensure this is consistently modelled by all staff. Pupils are given a range of opportunities, both in class and outside of the classroom, to develop as confident speakers and communicators.
Reading and Phonics
Learning to read and reading for information and pleasure has a very high priority and status at Hague. All children are expected to read regularly in school and at home. Each class has a class library and access to a full range of fiction and non fiction reading material in the school's library.
We recognise how important reading quality literature is both in internalising English language structures and in developing a love of reading. All year groups have a set of ‘Must Reads’ which they are expected to read or have read to them throughout the year. To promote reading for pleasure in KS2 the children use Accelerated Reader which provides children with appropriate age related and ability texts. When the children finish an AR text, they complete a ‘quiz’ which develops and assesses their comprehension. There are motivating AR targets to encourage regular reading habits.
Hague uses a synthetic phonic approach (Letters & Sounds), which is taught systematically from phase 1 in nursery through to phase 6 in year 2. Children who are new to the school or new arrivals from abroad can access a one to one or small group programme to introduce them to the strategies used by teachers and their peers. From Year 3 onwards each week, each class has regular routines for the teaching and practise of spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation There is a daily English Lesson for all year groups based on focus texts, with additional timetabled Guided Reading Groups so that all aspects of literacy are regularly taught and practised.
In the EYFS children have shorter shared and guided sessions of reading/writing daily. In Early Years and KS1 there is an emphasis on the teaching of phonics using the Tower Hamlets Synthetic Phonics Scheme. At KS2 we extend and develop each child’s reading skills through Guided and Shared Reading Sessions.
Children are helped at all stages to express thoughts and ideas in writing. Every attempt is made to ensure that pupils develop a command of basic English which includes punctuation, spelling, grammar and correct letter formation for good handwriting and presentation.
Speaking and Listening
Talking is fundamental to a pupil’s learning. Pupils are encouraged and helped to talk clearly, confidently and with expression in order to communicate ideas and feelings. Children are taught active listening skills in order to respond appropriately. These skills are developed through the class cross curricular topics within the English Lesson and all other subjects.
Language and Communication
English is the first language of the school and all lessons are taught in English from Nursery to Year 6.
If a child has newly arrived from overseas, the school follows Tower Hamlets Guidance for New Admissions, to provide an induction period with support for the pupil and family. Educational translators can be arranged to facilitate home school meetings. Children new to the UK using English as an additional language (EAL) are given focused language acquisition support in school until they are fluent in English. This work is carefully planned to ensure your child makes progress. Children whose additional support is only for the acquisition of English are not included in the Special Needs Provision. All classes have access to Bangladeshi, Sylhetti speaking bi-lingual Teaching Assistants.
Girls and boys are taught together, and we offer equal opportunities irrespective of gender, origin, religion, race or any special need your child may have. We promote the use of Standard English in all conversation as this is the common inclusive language for all.