English Curriculum

At Harbertonford, we use the principles of Talk for Writing and Babcock teaching sequences to support our English teaching and learning.  We use the 'Letter-join' programme to support pupils to develop a cursive handwriting style, with the expectation that they use it with increasing confidence by the end of Year 2.  
For reading, we use a range of reading schemes that support phonics and early reading which are organised according to 'book bands'.  Pupils are supported to select from this wide range of early reading texts (also see our Phonics tab). 
Once pupils are more confident readers, they access our Accelerated Reader (AR) programme.  AR is a computer program that really motivates pupils and makes reading such an enjoyable experience.  There is a wide range of books and authors available, and children self-select from within their carefully identified reading range.  When they have finished their book, they take a short quiz on the computer through their own, individual portal.  AR gives both children and teachers great feedback based on the quiz results.  
For more information, please follow the links below.