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.
Reading 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 whilst promoting reading for enjoyment. We aim to develop independence and fluency in all readers to ensure a life-long love of reading and ensuring that they can all achieve their full potential across all areas of the curriculum.
We approach reading in three different ways; reading for pleasure, reading across the curriculum and teaching reading skills explicitly.
We ensure a progression of skills in Phonics throughout Early Years and KS1 and expect that by the end of KS1 children can;
By the end of KS2 children can;
Writing at Alwoodley Primary School
We aim to prepare and equip children with the writing skills they need to become confident, independent writers and bring enjoyment into writing to inspire them. Through a balanced and broad curriculum, we intend to provide regular opportunities for children to write from different perspectives, e.g. to write as a historian. We want to ensure that all children, regardless of background and experiences, are provided with the scaffolding support and tools that they need to succeed.
By the end of KS1 children can;
By the end of KS2 children can;
A Snapshot of English at APS June 2021
Reception - The children have been reading and rehearsing the story 'Sharing a Shell'. They have, independently, written some super sentences about the story .
Year 1 - This term Year 1 have been learning all about Kenya! We are learning to make predictions about a text, draw inferences about characters, describe and compare setting and write non-chronological reports based on our Kenya research. We have enjoyed using drama and Talk 4 Writing to re-tell stories such as 'Lila and the Secret of Rain' and 'Why Elephant has a Trunk'. We have linked our story work to our art topic this term and have had a fantastic time recreating patterns, textures and prints from the 'Tinga Tinga Tales'.
Year 2 - In Year 2 we have been reading our new book Vlad and the Great Fire of London. We have made predictions, written character descriptions, and looked at using a variety of conjunctions in our work. We are looking forward to reading more because we love this topic at the moment.
Year 4 - In Year 4 we have just come to the end of a poetry unit. We started by investigating the poem 'The Raven' by Edgar Allan Poe. We rehearsed it, explored the tone and intonation of the poem, presented it, unpicked the narrative, looked at the structure of the poem and finally wrote some lines that would fit in the poem. We then linked it a poem in our class book, 'The Scarecrow and his Servant' by Philip Pullman and wrote our own rhyming poems about an inanimate object. Here we are presenting our poems to the rest of the class.
Year 5 - In English this half term we have spent some time writing a manifesto for the Leeds Children's Mayor competition. We have just started our work on Mayan folk tales which links with History. We have read a few different ones and talked about the features and now we are starting to write our own.
New Colour Banded Books - April 2021
Our beautiful new books have arrived in school! We are so excited to reveal the fabulous new reading books to the children for them to choose and read at home and in school. We have all new shelving, colour coded boxes and fabulous reading displays. Happy Reading :)
We have donated all of our many old books to charities to support schools in Pakistan, Nigeria and Ghana. We will update the images when they arrive in the schools.
World Book Day 2021
This year, we celebrated World Book Day during lockdown. We created a Masked reader competition where the children had to guess the member of staff reading their favourite story. We even managed to include a celebrity (Helen Skelton) to join in. The children loved listening to the masked voices and listening to the clues.
Recreate a Book Cover
As a part of World Book Day 2021, during lockdown, children and families were challenged to recreate a book cover from home and send in their photos. We think some family members enjoyed it more than the children :)
Book Advent December 2020
To promote the love of reading in school we created a book advent during December. Each day we investigated a new book and on the final day of term, each class voted for their favourite book. Some magic elves delivered the books to each classroom post lock down for the children to enjoy listening to.
World Nursery Rhyme Week
Thank you to everyone for taking part. There are some brilliant videos of you all in the Video Resource Centre!
If you want to, you could try some of the activities below.
Returning to school (After a lockdown) Septemeber 2020
We bought some gorgeous new books to use with the children to help settle them back into school and to support their transition into a new class. They all have a message of resilience, adapting to change and well being.