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. We use our Creative Curriculum to inspire writing and in the past, a number of our children had their work published in a book of poetry.

The children are taught to read using a mixture of methods but a great emphasis is placed on the teaching of phonics through the ‘Letters and Sounds’ approach. Children are now 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

Mrs Thornton

Writing Subject Leader

Mrs Bilner

Reading Subject Leader

Miss Jones

Reading Subject Leader

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Amazing Author

Amazing Author

On Tuesday 14th January,  the children welcomed James Campbell into school. James told the children he was an author, storyteller and a comedian. He told the children lots of poems with actions and the children joined in. James also told the children the Umbrella...

A Mysterious Letter

A Mysterious Letter

The Woodpeckers have been comparing objects from the past in their History lessons (whilst learning about The Gun Powder Plot). The children have been comparing how we would send messages to somebody now, and how they would have been delivered in 1605. They learnt...

Fabulous Fireworks Calligrams!

Fabulous Fireworks Calligrams!

The topic for this half term is 'Fire, Fire'. In Literacy, we have been basing our writing on Fireworks and Bonfire Night and have been learning how to write structured calligrams. A calligram is a poem that uses its design and layout of the letters to create a visual...

Rocket Lands

Rocket Lands

On Tuesday 25th June, the children in Kingfishers class were amazed to find a rocket had crashed into the outside reading area. The children had great fun exploring the crime scene and collecting evidence. The children wrote newspaper reports and thought about why the...

Royal Reply

Royal Reply

Kingfishers Class were very excited as they received a very important letter. Miss Jones opened the envelope and read the letter from Claudia Spens who was writing on behalf of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The letter was thanking the children for sending...

Dinosaur Museum

Dinosaur Museum

Over the past two weeks, the children in Kingfishers Class have been learning about dinosaurs. The children were given the task of creating a dinosaur museum. The children worked hard creating guide books, writing amazing facts about dinosaurs and painting pictures of...

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