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

English in the News

Writing A Travel Guide

This half term, the Owls' topic is The Mediterranean. Each pair was given a Mediterranean city to write a travel guide on. We used our Computing skills to research the cities and to word process, adding images, fonts and colours. In our Literacy lessons, we practised...

Colour Census

Colour Census

The children in Kingfishers Class have been learning all about the Census. The children have been learning how to ask questions in preparation for their ‘mini census’. The children were asked to think of a question and  write it down using a question mark. The...

Christmas Elves Return

Christmas Elves Return

On Monday the children in Kingfishers Class found their classroom had been decorated ready for Christmas. They also found a present under the Christmas tree which contained Tinsel and Jingle the Christmas Elves. The children have enjoyed seeing what Tinsel and Jingle...

Roving Reporters

Roving Reporters

Woodpecker's roving reporters went back in time to 1969 - the day after Neil Armstrong first set foot on the Moon. We wrote newspaper reports of the historic event, then made News Round style video recordings which we shared with the class! One small step for Neil...

Anti – Bullying Week

Anti – Bullying Week

The children in Kingfishers Class having been focusing on friendship this week as it was Anti - Bullying week. The children created friendship recipes to make the perfect friend. The children thought about the different qualities a perfect friend would have. The...

Who Let the Gods Out?

Who Let the Gods Out?

To link in with our Ancient Greek topic, our whole class reading and writing for this half term was based on the book 'Who Let the Gods Out?' by May Evans; we also linked part of our computing topic to the book.   We spent half of our 'computing time' studying 'online...

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