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.
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.
For the first time ever, Alwoodley Primary School is hosting a Spelling Bee!
At the moment, the competition is only open to Key Stage 2 (years 3 to 6). However, Key Stage 1 will also have an opportunity later in the year.
Start practising the words chosen for your year group by clicking the links below. The more prepared you are, the more likely you are to be chosen to take part in the competition!
Exciting prizes will be available for one person from each year group!
Let's create a buzzzzzz about spelling!
National Poetry Day
Jeremy Strong at Ilkley Literature Festival
Look at our amazing learning from 2015-2016
Tom Palmer Visit
Outdoor English Festival
Jason Beresford Visit