In the lower Primary at HD Beijing,
we aim to develop pupils’ abilities within
an integrated programme of Speaking and Listening,
Reading and Writing.
Pupils are given opportunities to interrelate the requirements
of English within a broad and balanced approach to
the teaching of English across the curriculum,
with opportunities to consolidate
and reinforce taught literacy skills.
Quality Lessons & Units of Writing
All teachers aim to provide quality learning opportunities
for the children to progress at their current learning ability level.
A typical lesson will include a learning objective
and success criteria. Over the course of the year,
the children are taught a series of different genres,
covering all of the skills emphasized in the Curriculum.
We believe that writing should be a creative
and developmental process both at a functional
and an imaginative level. The compositional
and transcriptional skills are taught alongside the creative aspects.
Immersion in reading,
talk and preparation for writing is essential
to the writing development process.
Oracy across the curriculum
Oracy plays a major role in the developmental stage for any learner.
Over the course of the year,
the children are encouraged to use their voices
and oracy skills as much as possible.
This is not an easy thing for many second language learners
to become accustomed to,
so the teachers ensure confidence is built
and support offered for children of all abilities.
Fun engaging activities such as: role play, pair talk,
drama and hot seating are great ways of preparing
the pupils for the writing process,
whilst practising speaking.
RWI & Phonics
Children can use phonics knowledge to “sound out”words.
The children learn to recognise how sounds are represented
alphabetically and identify some letter sounds,
symbols, characters and signs.
Phonics is essential for children to become successful readers
and writers in the early years of schooling and beyond.
At HD Beijing, we use Read Write Inc,
it is a phonics complete literacy programme
which helps all children learn to read fluently
and at speed so they can focus on developing
their skills in comprehension,
vocabulary and spelling.
Letter formation and handwriting - Penpals
Penpals for Handwriting is a complete handwriting scheme
for 3–11 year olds,
it offers clear progression
through five developmental stages.
It teaches children a fast
and fluent handwriting style
to help them achieve their potential in writing.
In the Early years,
the children begin by practicing single sounds
and double letters, like ‘ll’ and ‘ff’.
They then continue on to set 2 sounds
and begin to join their letters.
The children are given handwriting homework
to practise daily,
this supports children consolidate the sounds
they are learning in phonics with their letter formation.