English

At Mount Hawke Academy, we are passionate about reading and children's access to books. We have a designated librarian – Miss McCloughlin - who makes sure we always have an up to date choice of reading material - always involving the children's input.  We also subscribe 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 celebrate World Book Day every year with a variety of activities.

 

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. During 2018-19 we are continuing to target the teaching of reading and we are also moving our focus onto 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 lower classes of the school and there have been parent information sessions to enable improved and understanding support from home.

Please click on the links below to find out what we cover in our English curriculum in the different year groups.  These are taken from the English Programmes of Study from The National Curriculum 2014.