In this section you will find information about our English Framework, Phonics, Reading and Spelling.
The Hallfield English Framework is designed to map out the English curriculum for each year group and ensure that there is consistency across the school. Teachers are constantly reflecting on lessons taught and adapting them to meet the needs of the children so the duration or sequence might change. In addition, teachers try to ensure that a good and appropriate standard of English is used across all subjects. Our topic based curriculum is embedded across the teaching of English too.
Hallfield follows Letters and Sounds as our phonics program. Daily phonics teaching in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 focuses on securing children’s recognition of phoneme’s and graphemes. Children are given lots of opportunity to apply this in their reading and writing.
Hallfield’s performance in Phonics assessments in Year 1 continues to be above the national average and we continue to ensure that these high outcomes continue throughout their school experience in Reading and Writing.
Parent workshops are held across the year to support parents and homework is given weekly around children’s phonics learning for the week.
All children receive a book to read at home. A reading record accompanies these reading books. This is for parents and children to communicate their engagement with the book and any difficulties they may have faced.
Children in the Early Years at Hallfield are given phonics based books to support their early decoding and application of phonic learning. As they move through Key Stage 1, children are provided with banded books that are appropriate to their age as well as their individual decoding and comprehension ability. Banded books are colour coded to reflect the level of difficulty. As they become more independent in applying their reading strategies, children can choose their own books with support from their teacher. Please see the parent guide below which provides more information on book bands.
Children are always encouraged to choose texts that are appealing to them and which continue to provide some challenge to their reading ability.
In this page you will find our Reading Policy, books and website recommendations, news on forthcoming events related to reading and other resources such as workshop presentations or research from other educational organisations.
There is a great deal of research that shows the importance of reading for pleasure for children’s learning and future learning behaviours:
Research evidence on reading for pleasure, DfE, May 2012
Reading for pleasure research, National Literacy Trust
Along with the book marks to support you reading with your child at home, here is a guide to reading records and how they should be used alongside information about reading at home.
The curriculum sets out expected spelling patterns and words that children should be able to spell in each age group. To support this Hallfield uses the spelling scheme ‘No Nonsense Spelling’.
Children are given spelling patterns each week to learn and tested weekly on their understanding of these patterns. The understanding of the etymology (where the words have come from) and morphology (the structure of words) of words helps children to make sense of new words they encounter when reading.
The word-lists for years 3 and 4 and years 5 and 6 are statutory. The lists are a mixture of words children frequently use in their writing and those which they often misspell. Some of the listed words may be thought of as quite challenging, but the 100 words in each list are taught within the four years of key stage 2 (Beginning of year 3 and ending in year 6.) The spellings are also included in the children's home-learning lists.
The following websites have some free resources and games that your children can access to support learning their spelling patterns: