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ENGLISH AT ALWOODLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL

At Alwoodley Primary School, we aim to foster a love of language and reading and, therefore, attach great importance to enabling our children to become fluent readers. From Reception onwards, we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics programme, followed by ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ which teaches the children the basic skills needed to read and write words. Grammar and punctuation is taught both explicitly and implicitly within English lessons. In light of new changes to the National Curriculum, we have recently updated our grammar and punctuation policy to ensure that grammar skills are effectively embedded into the children’s everyday work.

 

Children will experience a wide range of authors and text types during their time at Alwoodley Primary School. In each year group, pupils will regularly hear books being read to them, in addition to reading for their own pleasure. We aim to instil a passion for reading throughout the school and hold regular events throughout the year to promote this.

 

 

Children are encouraged to use their knowledge of texts to write for a variety of purposes such as: explanations, instructions, reports, balanced arguments, stories and poems. They learn to plan, draft, revise, edit and present their work, before evaluating the success of their writing. From Nursery, our children are taught letter formation using the Irlens handwriting scheme. As they progress through school, the children are encouraged to write in a neat, legible style using a cursive script.

 

 

Drama and speaking and listening are an integral part of not only English but also the wider curriculum in order to encourage self-confidence, imagination and empathy. It is used to stimulate, explore and challenge ideas. Communication is a key feature of many aspects of our curriculum.

 

SMSC in English

Long term English plan 2016/2017

Whole school text types

National Curriculum English Overview

Reading Survey Monkey

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English Around School

 

Look at the lovely displays we have around school, showing off our super learning!

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Year 3 and 5 doing some buddy reading. What lovely reading role models.

Eight key stage two children from our school were asked to go down to Moor Allerton Library to join in some 'Takeover Day' activities. For this, the children had the opportunity to take over some of the displays, take over as a librarian and join in other exciting activities. The children had a lovely afternoon enjoying what our local library has to offer.

Over the Summer Holidays, OVER 150 of our pupils at Alwoodley took part in and completed the Summer Reading Challenge. As a reward for completing the challenge, they were invited to a special tea party with Mrs Wyatt.

 

Take a look below at photos of the Summer Reading Superstars and the tea parties they enjoyed afterwards.

We even had a visit from a famous author

called Scott Allen!

On Wednesday 11th July, author 'Billy Bob Buttons' visited our school. He worked with years 3, 4 and 5 looking at planning a story and creating characters. We learn a lot about the lengthy process of writing a story and how he comes up with his ideas. 

 

Many children purchased books after school. If you missed out, we bought some for our school library:

 

• I think I Murdered Miss

• Drowning Fish

• Muffin Monster

• Tiffany Sparrow Spook Slayer

• Felicity Brady and the Wizard's Bookshop

• The Hungry Grasshopper

• The Boy Who Piddled in his Grandad's Slippers

 

If you are still interested in buying a book, take a look at some of the book extracts below.

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On Monday 19th June, some of the year 5 children went to Allerton High School to see a comic book author. They talked about comics, watched some illustrations being completed then tried doing some of their own.

 

On Friday 16th June, a poet worked with years 5 and 6. We listened to some of his poetry performances (one of which included some of our names!) and then created some of our own poems. We performed these at the end.

 

On Thursday 8th June, the 'Blah Blah Blah' Theater Company visited year 5. A surprise guest burst into our classroom, begging for our help. She told us the story of her sister, whose life was in danger. Year 5 helped to create some incredible interactive stories in an attempt to save her life. We had a great time!

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National Poetry Day

 

On Thursday 6th October, it was National Poetry Day.  To celebrate this, each year group did a different lesson based upon our chosen poem - Chocolate by Michael Rosen

 

Click on the link below to see the poem we all enjoyed reading.

Nursery had great fun participating in the poem. They held the chocolate tight in their hands, acted it out then revealed what was left afterwards - a big, sticky mess! Yum!
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In Year 1 we enjoyed listening to the story and acting it out, we got in quite a chocolatey mess! We also joined in with the repeating phrases.
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Year 2 had loads of fun acting out different parts of the story. They really captured how excited the child in the poem was through their fantastic facial expressions!
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Year 3 did loads of work inspired by the poem! They wrote poems of their own, acted it out and did a conscience alley.
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Year 4 wrote their own poems in the style of Michael Rosen. They chose their favourite chocolate bar to write their poem about.
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Year 5 made a comic strip to show what happened in the story. We used a range of graphic novels from the class libraries to inspire us.
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Year 6 enjoyed using drama to act the poem out.

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Jeremy Strong at Ilkley Literature Festival

 

On Tuesday 4th October, year 5 and some year 6 children went to see the author Jeremy Strong at the Ilkley Literature Festival. We had a great time, laughed a lot and were very inspired!

ENGLISH AROUND SCHOOL

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Look at our amazing learning from 2015-2016

Tom Palmer Visit

 

On Wednesday 20th July, we were lucky enough to have the author Tom Palmer visit our school. We had a great time taking part in his reading quiz and 'it's a knockout'. A huge thank you to Max in year 5 who won the visit in a story writing competition. We had a great, inspirational afternoon!

Outdoor English Festival

 

Year 5 continued to read 'There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom' outside! We chose to either follow along or just listen.

 

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Year 3 have written their spellings out on the playground using chalk.
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Year 2 retold the story of Little Red Riding Hood but from the point of view of a different character, they found clues hidden outside to help them.

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Year 1 used their outdoor area to find natural objects which they could describe using adjectives.
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On Word Day, 5LW read some books online. They were great! Check out the link on 'Alwoodley's Extra Links' - Purple Mash - Serial Mash
5LW created some posters about their favourite books. Take a look and see if you like the sound of any!
Here are some children testing their friends on the new sounds they have learnt in Phonics!
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Year 3 play fun games to help them learn their statutory spellings
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Year 1 use Talk for Writing to help them create exciting, interesting pieces of learning. Can you try to use these actions when you are retelling a story?
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Here are Year 2 doing some drama. They have been reading 'Where the Wild Things Are' and they really enjoyed getting into character!
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Jason Beresford Visit

 

On Thursday 26th November, local author Jason Beresford visited our school. He did a whole school assembly in the morning. We all found it incredibly  funny and entertaining (especially when he ran outside into the playground!)

As a reward for having the most pupils participate in the 'Summer Reading Challenge', the Schools' Library Services treated Alwoodley's KS2 children to a visit from author, Tommy Donbavand. 
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