English

Reading and writing are the foundation for all other subjects. The National Curriculum sets out distinct areas to be covered: speaking and listening skills, reading, writing, grammar and spelling.

In general, writing attainment is very high across the whole school. High quality teaching and a variety of stimuli ensure our children have the potential to become creative, enthusiastic and independent writers.

The children are currently taught to read using a mixture of phonics methods (we will name our chosen phonics scheme by January 2022). Children are tested on their phonic understanding at the end of Year 1, but the implementation of phonic skills continues throughout the school.

The Accelerated Reader programme is embedded across the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 curriculum aimed at getting children excited about books; their achievements are then celebrated in their class assemblies. Children are encouraged to read at school and at home with graded reading books and a weekly choice from the school library.

“Year 1 and Year 2 pupils showed great enthusiasm when writing about a recent trip to the pantomime.” Ofsted 2017

Tescher

Miss Rivers

Reading & Writing Subject Leader

Mrs Bilner

Reading Subject Leader

Mrs Hazelton

Mrs Hazelton

Reading & Writing Subject Leader

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Books For Schools

Books For Schools

The children have been enjoying the new books they received from the ‘Books for Schools’ campaign in the Evening Star and East Anglian newspapers. Thank you again for collecting the tokens and supporting us.

Kingfishers’ Toy Museum

Kingfishers’ Toy Museum

The children created their own toy museum. The children wrote descriptions about their toys, wrote labels and created posters which they displayed in their museum. The children became tour guides and showed their grown up around the ‘Kingfishers Toy Museum’. They told...

World Book Day 2022

World Book Day 2022

The children celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as their favourite book character. The children were challenged to look for different things within a text or picture book, such as a bear, a witch and a frog. The children were asked to record which book they...

Recreating the Battle of Hastings

In History, and in Literacy, the Owls have been learning about the Battle of Hastings. To help us understand what happened in the battle, we went outside and acted it out. We then re-created it with jelly babies! [gallery...

Artistic responses to a story

Artistic responses to a story

For our Art topic this half term we have been exploring different types of marks and using them to respond to different stimuli. Today we listened to the story of Pattan's Pumpkin and applied our learning of different mark making. As artists, we used paint to create...

Traction Man

Traction Man

This half term the children in Year One have been focusing on the book 'Traction Man' during their literacy lessons. The children have been re-enacting and illustrating scenes using small world. The children have created their own scenes, characters and missions for...

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