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At Hertford Junior School we believe that English is a fundamental life skill. English develops children’s ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes. Children learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as of non-fiction and media texts. Children gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. Children use their knowledge, skills and understanding in speaking and writing across a range of different situations.

At Herford Junior School we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our English lessons in order to meet the needs of all our pupils. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills, and understanding. We do this through creative, curriculum based lessons in which children experience a speaking and listening, reading or writing activity. This can be through an exciting and engaging text, a piece of media or an experience they have all shared.

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All of our English lessons are underpinned by our learning journey whereby the children become fully immersed in a specific topic. Wherever possible, Teaching Assistants work in class, supporting all ability groups, specific individuals or groups of children.We try and enable the children to see the relationship between reading and writing. We want them to be able to transfer the skills they use when they are reading to their writing and vice versa. We want them to think of themselves as readers and writers. When children start writing we encourage them to use their ‘Eyes as a Reader’ to think about the structure of their work and their spelling.

We are also a Working With Others School and the children are used to working in a number of different ways ranging from paired work with a learning partner to larger group work to independent work. This enables them to develop valuable communication skills they can use throughout their lives.

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