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

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Miss Rivers

Reading & Writing Subject Leader

Mrs Bilner

Reading Subject Leader

Mrs Hazelton

Mrs Hazelton

Reading & Writing Subject Leader

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Water Colour Cards

Water Colour Cards

The children made war time thank you cards for The Shed and invitations to a ‘war time tea’ for the elderly in the village! They use watercolours and aged the card with tea!!

Writers Workshop

Writers Workshop

Swans recently had a visit from a published author, Lauren North.  She delivered a workshop where she demonstrated how a book starts with a blank page and ends up as a published novel. Lauren spoke about her own journey as an author; her perseverance with rejection...

Mind Mapping

Mind Mapping

As part of their writing, Swans children created mind maps to represent different parts of the story, this was to help them organise their work.  They used watercolour paints to illustrate the different emotions Olive (the main character of the story) was feeling at...

Bite the Shark

Bite the Shark

The children in Kingfishers Classroom received a copy of 'Bite the Shark' from the author Nigel McGee. He wrote a special message inside the book for Kingfishers. The children really enjoyed the story. On Pyjamarama Day the children received at message from Nigel...

Seaside Writing

Seaside Writing

The children were asked to look at the picture of the beach and write sentences about the picture. The children were encouraged to say the sentence first and then to write it using the word mats and phonic knowledge. Miss Jones was very impressed with the children's...

Pyjamarama Day

Pyjamarama Day

On Friday 14th May, the children, parents and staff arrived at school wearing their pyjamas to celebrate Pyjamarama Day. During the day the children in Kingfishers Class enjoyed reading books in their pyjamas and designing new pyjamas. The children were asked to...

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