English at Holbrook
At Holbrook, we are passionate about English, as we believe it lies at the heart of the curriculum. Using quality texts, children are encouraged to develop a love of reading and writing, as well as learn the skills they need to communicate effectively.
We use a combination of approaches to deliver a broadly cross-curricular approach to writing, usually based around a quality text. We use the Talk for Writing approach, developed by Pie Corbett, at least once a half term to highlight the key features that we want the children to learn. This allows explicit modelling, scaffolding, rehearsal and drama techniques to be used and includes writing for a range of purposes. Children are given many opportunities to write about the things that interest them. At Holbrook, we use a fully cursive style of handwriting from Reception upwards, based on the ‘Letterjoin’ programme. This enables the children to communicate clearly and effectively. Grammar and spelling is integrated into our teaching of writing, however where necessary, discrete sessions are taught.
Children explore texts as part of guided reading sessions. These are generally taught in whole class reading sessions or in mixed ability groups, depending on the age/experience of the children and the texts themselves. Children are also given time for independent reading, or 1:1 reading with an adult or a reading buddy. Children are encouraged to use our well-stocked school libraries, which are supported by the West Sussex Schools’ Library Service.
Holbrook School offers many enrichment opportunities for English, including author visits and cinema or theatre trips.