Welcome to our English Page
Here you will find information and resources to support your children with their English work.
We use a systematic synthetic phonics programme based upon Read Write Inc- please click on this link for more information.
Our children in Key Stage one are taught to read utilising the Oxford Reading Tree Reading Scheme. Please visit here to learn more.
Once upon a Story - a fantastic resource! Every day an image from a picture book (books chosen are appropriate for both Infant and Junior phases)will be added. If you click on the image, a set of questions appear linked to the image. Why not inspire reading at home through this brilliant web based resource?
Read and Respond
Throughout school from Foundation Stage to Year 6, children take part in a specific reading comprehension lesson every week. This lesson is based upon a text which has been chosen primarily because of the level of challenge it presents, either challenge through language, theme/issues or structure for example. A unit of work is planned around a text and each child takes home a chapter/section of the story every week in preparation for this lesson. This is a crucial part of homework because it allows the time in lesson to be spent exploring a wider range of comprehension skills in depth rather than simply reading the chapter and retrieving basic information as a recap. Skills focussed around Bloom’s Taxonomy such as summarising and predicting using evidence from the text, evaluating and analysing an author’s craft, making judgements about characters’ motivations and debating and examining key issues are just a selection of the vital comprehension experiences our children participate in weekly. The work produced in these lessons is recorded in a Reading Journal which showcases the variety of developing reading thinking skills on offer.
Here are some examples of the texts we use in our Read and Respond sessions
Alongside the broad depth of comprehension skills explored and developed as part of the Read and Respond lessons, our children take part in a daily session of very honed in and specific test related comprehension skills using Rising Stars Cracking Comprehension to ensure that our children develop the skills to apply their reading understanding in very focussed and test based scenarios. There is a specific programme of work for each year group to follow including test based practice and experience where skills are modelled, revised and assessed.
Have a look at these useful resources to support your child with their reading
Roald Dahl Day
To celebrate Roald Dahl Day we read lots of Roald Dahl poems and short stories in class and had two great assemblies discussing our favourite Roald Dahl books and characters. Our children were also encouraged to bring in a favourite book/comic to read during the day.