ENGLISH AT ALWOODLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL
Our English vision is to foster a love of language and literature through the use of quality texts and books; this inspires, excites and engages our children.
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. In Reception and Year One we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics programme, supported by actions used in the ‘Jolly Phonics’ programme. This teaches children the sounds and tricky words needed to support them with their reading and writing. From Year Two this is then 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. The children have access to a range of different reading books, predominantly those within the Oxford Reading scheme. These include Big Cat Phonics books, Songbirds and Project X. By providing the children with a range of books it ensures that they not only suit their ability but also allow them to experience a range of writing styles and text types.
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.
National Curriculum English Overview
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English Around School
Look at the lovely displays we have around school, showing off our super learning!
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.
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!
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.
Year 6 enjoyed using drama to act the poem out.
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
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.
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.
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!)