At Horsley school writing is at the heart of our vision. The English curriculum is taught using a range of strategies which develops children’s writing skills through imitation, innovation and independence. Hot and cold writes, theme days, whole school activities and cross-curriculum opportunities within the school day enrich and develop the children’s development in English.
Alongside our rich writing curriculum, children experience lessons on grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting. Rigorous teaching and embedding of key grammar skills in English ensure that pupils have the opportunity to apply these skills in innovative ways and add depth to their understanding.
Daily Supported Reading in EYFS and KS1 (DSR) and Destination Reader in KS2 (DR) form the basis of our teaching of reading across the school.
Reading is assessed in KS1 using PM Benchmark and in both key stages using PIRA assessment papers. A love of reading is promoted throughout the school and our library is packed with inspirational books, which are updated regularly.
Spellings are taught throughout the week in discrete lessons focusing on a spelling pattern. A test is administered to check understanding and children who reach 100% get their names put into a prize draw and celebrate in achievement assembly.
Click on the writing milestones to see what each year group is expected to reach by the end of the year.