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At the Holy Cross Federation we love the fact we are small schools and as teachers we really get to know the children in our classes. Lessons are carefully planned to ensure that the curriculum expectations for each year group are covered. We follow a rolling curriculum plan to ensure coverage for each Key Stage. Please have a look at our English Long Term Plan.

English is taught every day, with lessons being taught in a variety of ways. The topics being taught in each class will influence the types of genre being taught each half term. For example; Class 2’s WW1 topic, has leant itself nicely to learning about how to write Newspaper and Information texts.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) forms an integral part of each English lesson. Teaching the required SPaG for each genre e.g. newspapers, enables the teacher to really focus on moving the children’s learning forward, and allows the children to see how specific types of writing can be used.

Hot/Cold Writes

The Cold task is our first attempt and the Hot task is our independent final task after lots of teacher and child input and learning about each genre e.g. Newspapers.

The Cold Write will be written by the children independently and will be used as a bench mark to assess and group the children for the remainder of the learning topic. Once all the learning has been completed, and the teacher feels the children are ready, another independent write will be completed. This is called the Hot Write and the children have the opportunity to showcase their learning.

You will spot Hot/Cold Writes in your child/children’s books by seeing the following symbols.

Please enjoy looking at some of the examples of Hot/Cold Writes.

At the Holy Cross Federation, all children begin the process of learning cursive handwriting from foundation Stage. This starts with developing motor skills and learning basic letter formations, before progressing to pre-cursive writing in Year 1 and developing full, joined cursive thereafter. We believe this raises standards in handwriting throughout the whole school, developing confidence, accuracy, fluency, writing stamina and presentation.

The rules of the cursive style help:

  • to minimise confusion for the child as every letter starts on the line with an entry stroke and leads out with an exit stroke.
  • with the flow of cursive writing as letters naturally flow into each other; it is impossible to write separate letters without joining.
  • to form spacing between words as the child develops whole word awareness
  • to develop a child's visual memory
  • all children's writing skills regardless of academic ability
  • to develop skills of punctuation and grammar

All children begin by writing with a pencil, although older pupils (Year 2-5) will be able to use ink pens once they have earned a pen licence (see below).

All children in Year 6 will be expected to write in pen.