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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!

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.



In English we encourage the children to use all the Learner for Life 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 purple pen editing 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 we encourage reading throughout the curriculum. We want to inspire a lifelong love of reading and, as such, we offer activities to excite the children’s natural curiosity and imagination. We have a fantastic library with a wide selection of fiction and non fiction books for the children to choose and take home on a weekly basis. The children are encouraged to read books which interest them and have the opportunity to take home books from their classroom each day. The books in each class are colour coded, showing the level of the text.

Each child has a blue reading diary where parents can add comments as they read with their child at home. In school, teachers record the learning objective/ focus of guided reading sessions in the reading diaries. Each week, the children have a guided reading session which encourages them to think about the books that they are reading, along with teaching specific decoding skills. There are opportunities for 1:1 reading and also whole class reading sessions. Often the school day ends with a story time. Within our yearly English week we open our doors to Dads, Grandads and Uncles to come in and share a book with their child. This is a lovely afternoon which further highlights the importance of reading for enjoyment.




Phonics is the relationship between printed letters and the sounds/phonemes they make and at Hiltingbury Infant School we teach phonics as a key skill for children to use to help with their reading and writing. As a school  we follow the Letters and Sounds programme for teaching and learning phonics, with a short, engaging session every day. Constant repetition and revisiting content is hugely important to ensure children are confident in applying their phonics to both reading and writing activities as the year goes on.


At Hiltingbury Infant School our creative curriculum 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 foster 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.This method helps children to learn that every word in a sentence has an important job and develops their knowledge of what order words go in a sentence. Additionally, this strategy encourages children to discuss the meanings of new vocabulary and gives them the opportunity to apply more adventurous words into their writing. 



We set high expectations for spelling at Hiltingbury Infant School and have many creative strategies for supporting children with their spelling. We encourage sensory experiences from writing their spellings of the week in sand and paint to using chalk on the playground outside. These early experiences aid children’s muscle memory so they are familiar with the shapes each letter makes in the word. These active learning experiences ensure the children are confident and successful when applying their spellings into their writing.



In addition, at Hiltingbury Infant School children are encouraged to be reflective learners and enjoy the opportunity to go back and edit their writing independently. Our children leave the end of KS1 as resilient individuals who understand that writing is a process which requires editing and re-drafting before a piece can be published. They are given opportunities with the teacher or independently to check their spellings or word choices within a piece of work using a purple pen. These daily opportunities are essential in ensuring children are always challenging themselves – whether its spelling their key words correctly or reflecting on their use of language choices to have maximum impact on the reader.



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.

The children are captivated by a range of visitors including Michael O’Leary and Open Box who visit our school in ‘English week’ to tell fabulous stories to the children.

 The children also participate 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


Awards we have achieved so far.