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Year 3 and 4 spelling: the fine detail and application

Sabrina & Theresa really want you to know that they will be delivering Year 3 and 4 spelling: The fine detail and application at HDC on Monday 14th November and they would love you to join them.

You couldn’t be in better hands!

Both TLAs are fanatical about phonemes delighted by digraphs and amazed by morphemes!

With an increased emphasis on spelling in the curriculum, this course has been designed to support Year 3-4 teachers with subject knowledge as well as provide a repertoire of fun and engaging strategies for the teaching and learning of spelling. The course specifically demonstrates how to support pupils to become increasingly independent spellers in order to meet Age Related Expectations, and – most importantly – develop a love of spelling (for you and your children – believe us, it is possible!)

During the course, they will explore the phonic aspects of the Year 3-4 curriculum, application of this and then explore how to teach spelling in context using the fantastic text, The Snow Dragon by Vivien French. To whet your appetite for this wonderful text, we have included a planning outline document that will support a Y3/4 unit of work based on this superb book.

Don’t forget to book your place on this training to see how this text can be used to put a spark into your spelling teaching.

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HfL English team continue to work with NATE's publication Primary Matters

Herts for Learning is continuing to work with the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) in writing for the summer 2016 edition of their publication Primary Matters. HfL’s English advisers have previously featured in the publication earlier this academic year and a new selection of articles has been included again, sharing English advice from Hertfordshire. Lead Teaching and Learning Adviser English (Primary) at HfL, Kerry Godsman shared her enthusiasm for the creating a reading culture and highlighted the work that goes on in Hertfordshire at Mandeville Primary School, St Albans. Jane Andrews looked at how one picture can spark children’s imagination, develop their reading skills and refine their understanding of writing for effect.

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The Big Friendly Read, Summer Reading Challenge 2016

Hertfordshire libraries are getting ready to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth with this year’s Summer Reading Challenge ‘The Big Friendly Read’ 2016. Research shows that the Summer Reading Challenge helps to tackle the problem of children getting out of the reading habit during the school holidays, helping to improve children's confidence then sends them back to school fired up and ready to learn. It is the UK's biggest promotion of children's reading - last year over 18,600 Hertfordshire children took part - and it’s free!

The children are challenged to read six library books or eBooks of their choice during the holidays. There are limited edition Quentin Blake collector cards up for grabs and on completion of the challenge an exclusive ‘Big Friendly Read’ wristband, certificate and medal for every child. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to win tickets to an exclusive author event. There will also be large print Summer Reading Challenge materials available for children with a visual impairment. ‘The Big Friendly Read’ packs will be available in all Hertfordshire public libraries, from Saturday 16th July until Saturday 10th September 2016, while stocks last!

Please promote ‘The Big Friendly Read’ in your parents' newsletter this term. Further information on the Summer Reading Challenge in Hertfordshire and a link to The Big Friendly Read website can be found at

Primary English Newsletter -April 2016 New 28/04/16

Herts for Learning Primary English Teaching and Learning Advisers have put together a newsletter with useful articles and guidance which is available to download at:

 

HfL's Primary English advisers contribute to NATE's Autumn newsletter - November 2015

HfL have been working with the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) in writing for the Autumn edition of their publication Primary Matters. HfL’s English advisers have delivered workshops at NATE’s national conferences which is where links with NATE began. As part of their drive to raise the profile of English teaching at Primary level NATE asked our Primary English advisers to contribute a variety of articles for teachers in Key Stage 1 and 2. For more information and to view the articles visit the Herts for Learning website:

 

Primary English Newsletter - November 2015

Herts for Learning Primary English Teaching and Learning Advisers have put together a newsletter with useful articles and guidance which is available to download at:

Into Film Clubs

Into Film puts film at the heart of the educational and personal development of children and young people aged 5-19 across the UK.They are a film education charity and everything that they offer is completely free for state-funded schools and organisations. There are strict guidelines governing their funding to ensure that this is so.

Their main platform is film club, which gives children and young people the opportunity to watch, discuss and review films, as well as training and online resources to make their own films. It is a fantastic launch pad for introducing young people to film, as well as boosting literacy, critical thinking and filmmaking skills.

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Primary English Newsletter - Summer 2015

Herts for Learning Primary English Teaching and Learning Advisers have put together a newsletter with useful articles and guidance on the new national curriculum which is available to download at:

 

Ofsted 13 Oct 2014: Literacy: "Getting them reading early"

This publication focuses on early reading, including systematic phonics, literacy and inspection methodology. It is an online distance learning training module for inspectors and has been written to support the inspection of literacy in schools. The publication will be of interest to teachers, and providers of initial and in-service teacher education, as well as inspectors.

Primary English Newsletter - Autumn 2014

Herts for Learning Primary English Teaching and Learning Advisers have put together a newsletter with useful articles and guidance on the new national curriculum which is available to download at:

Primary Suggested Long Term Planning

Are you struggling with your new curriculum planning? A new guide for primary English teachers’ long-term planning is now available for download. Members of the English advisory team at Herts for Learning have put together a rigorous infrastructure to support teachers in their planning for the new National Curriculum, which comes into action in September 2014.

 

Introducing the new Garden Story Trail at Knebworth House

Knebworth has a wide range of educational programmes for schools, offering a marvellous opportunity for pupils to experience literacy away from the classroom.

One of the most popular English programmes at Knebworth  is ‘Inspiring Young Writers’. Knebworth has a long tradition of story telling, with many dramatists and writers in the family, as well as famous literary guests. Knebworth’s  Education Officer, Hannah Brownlow has developed a new outdoor afternoon programme to complement the morning in the House.

The Garden Story Trail was piloted on Tuesday 18th March by Year 4 pupils from Watton-at-Stone Primary School. 

Henry with the childrenAt the start of the Story Trail, each team of pupils receives a letter from Henry Lytton Cobbold commissioning them to search for original ideas for a fantastic story around the Gardens at Knebworth.  The route takes them through the  formal Gardens, including  the maze, the wilderness and Dinosaur trail.  Children encounter magical moments from diverse tales including Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Stig of the Dump and Dinosaur Cove.  At the end of the trail, the children then gather by the walled garden to pitch their best story ideas to the  Knebworth education guides.

Henry Lytton Cobbold met the children at the end of the pilot to hear their feedback.
After meeting them, Henry commented:   "The children were bursting with ideas.  It was lovely to hear how the gardens had inspired them.  I certainly detected some future J.K. Rowlings amongst them!"   

The verdict from the children was:  “epic!”

Co-incidentally, the piloting of the Garden Story Trail took place during  the first ever national Shakespeare week (17 – 23 March 2014).  Shakespeare Week is a new national, annual celebration to bring Shakespeare to life vividly for millions of primary school children.