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Hiltingbury Infant School

At Hiltingbury Infant school we inspire children equipping them with a strong command of the written and spoken word, and develop a love of books through widespread reading for enjoyment!


We view English as an ‘Essential Life Skill’ in which children use and apply their English skills confidently and competently in their learning and in everyday contexts. They convey ideas and opinions clearly, and respond creatively and critically to a wide range of stories, information and ideas.


Hiltingbury Infant school learners develop skills in:

 * Spoken Language (Speaking, Listening)

 * Reading ( Word reading and comprehension)

 * Writing  - transcription ( spelling and handwriting)

             -composition ( articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing)


It enables them to express themselves creatively, imaginatively and communicate with each other effectively.  Pupils learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories , poetry, non-fiction, media and drama.



Thinking and Learning skills

In English we encourage the children to use all the thinking and learning skills. We particularly encourage them to become confident independent researchers by getting them to ask and answer their own questions as well as learning the skills to be able to read and gather information for themselves in books and on the internet.


 We encourage the children to become reflective thinkers by ensuring they reflect and evaluate their English work through self-monitoring with traffic light colours and self-correction after feedback to move their learning forward.


We encourage the children to become successful creative thinkers so that they develop the powers of imagination and inventiveness in their English work.


Children develop effective communication skills in readiness for later life, for example;


*  Listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers, ask relevant questions, giving well-structured descriptions or explanations for different purposes including expressing their feelings.


Please see curriculum overview to show each strand of the spoken language for each year group.



At Hiltingbury Infant School our creative curriculum children encourages and motivates children to write through real purposes and audiences as much as possible. Exciting and imaginative  stimuli are carefully planned into our English provision to develop successful writing. From YR, children learn a range of English skills in order to create a love of language, develop confident and effective oral communication and the necessary stamina required to apply writing strategies independently.


At Hiltingbury Infant school we help the children to articulate their ideas and  structure what they want to write through a method called Colour Coded Grammar.


Let's celebrate the efforts and successes in English of our children together! 


Reading diaries

Each child has a reading diary that they take home so that comments can be made in their children's blue reading record so that teachers are aware of the child’s progress at home.



At Hiltingbury Infant school we have an 'English Week’ each year to inspire and ignite a love of English and books for our children. The theme for this year was ‘Heroes and Villains’. We ended with a fabulous day where the children came dressed as a villain or a hero from a story and shared their book with their class.


M & M Theatre productions gave a great performance of Robin Hood which produced lots of great discussions and stimulated writing afterwards.


The children were captivated by Michael O’Leary and Christobel Thomas who visited our school in ‘English week’ to tell us fabulous stories to the children.


 The children also participated in workshops with their parents as well as other teachers to develop skills in Reading, Writing and the spoken word.



Tips on hearing your child read

Key Words Year R

Key Words Years 1 and 2

Phase2,3 and 5 phoneme mats

Cursive Handwriting Style


Awards we have achieved so far.