At Hillbrook Primary, the acquisition of core literacy skills is central to teaching and learning. We believe that the power of literacy lies not just in the ability to read, write, speak and listen but rather in a person’s ability to apply these skills to effectively communicate, connect and make sense of the world in which we live. At Hillbrook, we have developed our own curriculum model and methods in line with the expectations of the National Curriculum. Our topic-based approach to learning not only provides opportunities for children to develop core literacy skills but also encourages an appreciation of the English language.
We believe that language is a powerful tool for learning and social development and are committed to developing spoken language in our pupil’s development. Pupils are supported to speak in standard English at all times whilst at school and staff are expected to act as role models for this. Opportunities for talk are woven into the curriculum both in formal situations such as through debates and poetry recitals and also through more informal ways such as elaboration of ideas and explanation of understanding.