English and Reading
At Mount Hawke Academy, we are passionate about reading and children's access to books. We have a designated librarian – Miss McLoughlin - who makes sure we always have an up to date choice of reading material - always involving the children's input. We also belong to Cornwall Schools’ Library Service, so we get a book exchange from the Library Van every term, and our library is regularly refreshed. There are shared story sessions for the children. All teachers still read, entertain and thrill their classes with whole class reading.
We strive to nurture life-long readers, who take pleasure in searching out new books to read, exploring and discovering through literature. Our children’s reading experience is much more than the reading book which comes home from school. Reading is happening all the time in our school. It is taught in specific reading and English lessons, but our children are practising and using their reading constantly across all subjects too. Our children’s reading journey begins with ‘learning to read’ and moves on into ‘reading to learn’. It is almost impossible to overestimate the importance of reading. Without the ability to read, our children cannot access other subjects properly. Reading is empowering and wonderful.
Building on a love of reading, we strive to teach English as a discrete subject and in a cross curricular way. Guided Reading and focused sentence level work may be taught outside the normal English lesson. English is at the heart of curriculum planning so that subject matter from other curriculum areas is available as content or stimulus for speaking, listening, reading and writing. All curriculum areas involve some aspects of English.
As with all of our practices at Mount Hawke Academy, we are always reflecting and striving to improve. We are continuing to target the teaching of reading and we also focus closely on spelling. We have organised our timetables to provide short daily focused sessions of spelling, and we have introduced a whole class approach to teaching reading comprehension. Regular, rapid, daily phonics is used to supplement learning in the younger classes of the school and there have been parent information sessions to enable improved and understanding support from home. Please see our separate page on Phonics and Reading for more information on this.