Welcome to our English Page
Here you will find information and resources to support your children with their English work.
English at Sandal Castle Primary School is taught through a variety of different strands for which you will find information and evidence using the various tabs:
- Writing- sharing ideas, using texts, video clips and current affairs as inspiration and applying understanding of author craft, language choices and grammar rules to our independent work.
- RWI Phonics/Spelling- daily teaching of spelling and phonics where RWI has been adapted to suit the needs of our children.
- Read and Respond- using challenging and inspiring texts to engage children in engaging discussions which delve deeply in to language, structure and various themes expressed in texts.
- Cracking Comprehension- a Rising Stars programme of work which has been developed to suit the needs of our children. This element of the reading curriculum focusses on test technique and responds to the question level analysis of test practice throughout school. There is a focus here on vocabulary and language development.
- Reading Buddy System- Children across school support their peers from either the same year group or a different year group with their reading. The relationships formed are meaningful and productive and due to a daily commitment to this system, more children are reading confidently and fluently.
- SPaG- grammar and punctuation rules are also taught discretely in addition to within a writing lesson to enable children to practice a variety of skills and questions. This ensures that our children can apply these rules effectively in independent writing but also respond to specific questions.
- My Book Blog- My Book Blog is an online resource which allows all children from years 2-6 to read blog about the books they are reading for pleasure. It helps them to develop their vocabulary, their comprehension skills and above all enthuses and motivates our staff and children as readers.
- Spellodrome-Spellodrome is a recent addition to our English Curriculum. It is a fantastic online resource which allows all children to practice key spellings (age and stage appropriate) through a variety of games with their friends but also peers from all around the world.
- Perfect Poetry by Chris Quigley- Staff use this resource and adapt it to expose our children to challenging and meaningful poetry across the English Curriculum-sometimes in writing, sometimes in reading.
- Poetry By Heart-in response to the curriculum and pupil voice, this resource is used to form the basis of poetry taught through drama and performance. This is used in class but also as a structured Golden Time resource.
- Vocabulary-similarly to Cracking Comprehension, this resource is adapted according to need throughout school to develop and widen children’s vocabulary through games, drama and activities which then encourages children to make wiser vocabulary choices independently.
- Individual Reading- Teachers read with a child during morning and afternoon registration as well as at other times during the school day. In addition, TAs and volunteers also listen to readers. This ensures that staff are able to support children’s individual reading journey effectively.
- Active English - Our SPaG curriculum is also taught actively through PE with our member of staff from Elite Kids Coaching who works closely alongside staff to design meaningful and purposeful opportunities to develop important grammar, punctuation and spelling skills.
We came across a great little video demonstrating how to use a first dictionary.
We are really enjoying using singing to help learn key grammatical skills and concepts. These videos are really helping us to retain and then apply a variety of skills
Children have been learning to identify and use different types of determiners. First we categorised some different examples and then we moved around the room to match up examples with our peers and to categorise them using headers around the room.
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.