Writing Curriculum at Mengham Junior School

At Mengham Junior School, we want our children to see themselves as writers. We want children to enjoy the craft of writing and to develop into reflective, entertaining and successful learners who enjoy writing.

Our writing aims for our children are achieved by a progressive and engaging writing curriculum. Each unit is carefully constructed around an engaging hook and a real purpose to write. Children have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the writing topic through speaking and listening, drama and language development. This journey continues with children developing a secure understanding of the text type and intentions of the author. Throughout the process, children have the opportunity to discuss, reflect, edit, redraft and evaluate. Key grammatical skills, spellings and handwriting are taught within the engaging writing units to make sure children understand both the context and purpose of these skills. At the end of each unit, we make time for publishing, illustrating and creative ways to display and celebrate writing. For children with special educational needs, we use the Hampshire SEND planning tool to provide a scaffolded and personal learning journey. We still ensure however that the same writing hook is used to make sure that all children feel part of the class writing journey. Our writing curriculum is reviewed regularly and supported by HIAS to ensure we are continuously evolving and enhancing our curriculum.

In terms of curriculum application, we also ensure children have real life purposes for writing and applying writing skills. These opportunities include invites to school events and pen pal style letters to local care home residents.

We are determined to create both positive and successful writers who understand and enjoy the writing process. Children who also see themselves as mini authors and are able to use these skills to continue their writing journey at secondary school.

 

Reading Curriculum at Mengham Junior School

At Mengham Junior School, we want our children to become fluent readers with a real love for reading. We also want our children to understand the purpose and joy of reading.

Our reading curriculum has been developed in line with the Hampshire Teaching Reading for Comprehension Toolkit. This model enables us to create a progressive reading journey with our children whereby each part of the reading domain is taught and explored with the children. Children therefore develop a real understanding of the reading skills through exploring them in an engaging way. The texts have been carefully chosen to ensure they are quality texts with a range of themes as well as different text types. Our reading units include lots of opportunities for talk, sharing opinions and ideas and responding to engaging reading tasks. Each lesson builds progressively from the last and children are able to develop responses to texts following this immersive process. For children with special educational needs, we use the Hampshire SEND planning tool to provide a scaffolded and personal learning journey. We also use paired reading where needed to develop reading fluency.

In terms of wider reading, our reading curriculum includes at least 15 minutes of Drop Everything and Read time (DEAR) each day. During which time, children read an Accelerated Reader book and complete any reading quizzes if they have finished. The Accelerated Reader programme enables children to select the book with the appropriate level of challenge and it also assesses their understanding with a quiz at the end. In addition, the class teacher reads to the children for at least 15 minutes at the end of each day. This is an opportunity to enjoy a text together and also is a great opportunity for the teacher to model fluency and intonation to the children. Reading is celebrated regularly and children have the opportunity to earn word count certificates with the aim of being part of the millionaires word club. We also actively encourage home reading and have reduced the home learning requirements to ensure parents and carers are able to focus on reading at home.

We aim to create passionate, confident and fluent readers who have a secure understanding of reading comprehension skills which in turn, enable them to enjoy reading to its full potential.

Curriculum Map for Writing

Progression of Skills in Writing