Our Learning as Performers, Readers and Authors

Our English lessons develop children’s spoken language, reading, writing and grammar and vocabulary. English is taught in a cross-curricular way, through our projects, linking up with other areas of the curriculum. We teach our children to speak clearly, to convey their ideas fluently and confidently and to ask questions. Our children are encouraged to read for pleasure and to read widely. Guided reading sessions cover both fiction and non-fiction books developing the children’s comprehension skills.

We develop writing skills so that our pupils have the stamina and ability to write at the age expected standard. To support children in moving towards independent writing we provide a wide range of strategies; modelled, shared and guided writing, peer editing and discussion. We encourage children to express their ideas, exchange ideas and to develop more sophisticated vocabulary. We provide opportunities for writing for purpose and we encourage children to see themselves as authors. We promote the status of written work by providing opportunities for children’s writing to be published and read by real audiences. 

Here are two of the most recent showcased writing. One is a diary entry from a victorian story character and the other, a piece of poetry about the affects of war

Two stories from our year 2/3 class…what an unusual day at school!

Often our writing is cross curricular. The enquiry question for year 3 and 4 “Is it too late to save the rainforests?” has provided a wealth of writing opportunities. Beautifully illustrated these pieces show how involved the children became in creating a published piece.

The Year 4 /5 project on ocean pollution “How is plastic affecting our coast and ocean life?” led the children to write to the Prime Minister.

Amethyst Class have been ‘caught’ reading at home! They are clearly engrossed in their books. Great reading Amethyst!