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The Hermitage School

Inspiring Everyone to Learn

English

Writing

We aim to promote a love of writing; in order to achieve this we teach writing through a Core Text approach. Each year group has an exciting set of books that are age appropriate and related to their topic. Through these books the children will write in response to the text in a variety of different ways covering a range of genres. 

To ensure the best teaching and learning, teachers model writing strategies through whole class modelling, guided writing and one-to-one modelling.

Each classroom makes full use of a ‘writing working wall’ which promotes excellent standards of written English. These will host key vocabulary, information regarding the core text being read, genre specific information and teacher modelled pieces of writing. 

Reading

At the Hermitage School we strive to build an inspirational reading atmosphere and instil in children a desire to want to read for pleasure. Each child is given the opportunity to explore worlds, discover new information and feel a range of emotions as they delve into a wide range of texts. Daily whole class reading lessons are based on the key Destination Reader principles of: creating a quality experience; promoting enjoyment; increasing reading mileage; building firm foundations; developing thinking and understanding and making talk central. Destination Reader blends together a range of learning behaviours and reading strategies which, when bought together, allow children to explore and understand texts independently, at a deeper level.

Key learning behaviours:

  • Supporting and actively listen to others.
  • Pupils discussing and explaining their ideas.
  • Pupils taking responsibility for their own/ their group’s learning.

These learning behaviours are essential and underpin the teaching of the reading strategies and the whole school curriculum.

Reading strategies:

  • Predicting
  • Inferring
  • Asking questions
  • Evaluating
  • Clarifying
  • Making connections
  • Summarising

Each strategy is focused on one at a time, enabling teachers to support and challenge children’s skills through high expectations of oral and written use of the strategy. The skills later become combined and strategies are revisited.

Spelling

At The Hermitage School, we implement the Read Write Inc Spelling programme to teach spellings. This is an interactive programme which teaches spellings in a fun and engaging way. It helps children to learn spellings with common patterns and uses rules in order to help them recall spellings as well as teaching exceptions to these rules. Each week children are given a set of spellings that include the spelling focus they have been learning in class, as well as common exception words appropriate to their ability. Children are encouraged to apply the spellings they have learnt within their writing and are given opportunities to identify and correct any errors.  

Read Write Inc Phonics sessions are also put in place as interventions for children who need extra support with their spelling in Year 3.

Daily discrete phonics sessions are taught in The Orchard Centre by following the Phonics Play scheme.