English

English at Willowbrook Mead Primary Academy is an exciting journey of learning. We deliver our English curriculum through a book rich curriculum in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and a novel led curriculum in Key Stage 2. We are proud that from year 3-6 children will read and study a minimum of 12 novels in their entirety.

Our approach to the teaching of English is underpinned by an engaging curriculum which allows children of all abilities to develop the skills to become confident speakers and then transfer these skills into becoming confident writers over time.

As they develop, children are encouraged to see writing as a powerful means of self – expression, a creative form of communication and to write for a range of purposes. Pupils in time develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with increasingly accurate spelling and punctuation.

We explore different types of writing, such as; narratives, explanations, persuasion, descriptions, comparisons, summaries and evaluations. We aim to make writing fun, purposeful and stimulating for our children. We use Alan Peat’s Sentence Types to teach children how to structure sentences in order to help them to make their writing engaging and interesting. We strive to ensure that they receive an appropriate level of challenge in each lesson.

Phonics

The school follow the Read, Write, Inc. phonics scheme to get children reading and writing quickly – and loving it! Please refer to our early reading and phonics section of the website for more information.

Reading

We love reading at Willowbrook Mead! All children are given the opportunity to read on a daily basis.  They take part in comprehension reading sessions and regularly read to adults until they are fluent and confident readers.  They are encouraged to take home a levelled reading book that is matched to their current reading ability and a  ‘reading for pleasure’ book  that can be shared with an adult at home.

Oxford Reading Buddy

This is a digital reading service to support children’s reading development at home as well as at school. Oxford Reading Buddy contains hundreds of digital books and book-quizzes all matched to each child’s reading ability. Children can earn badges for good reading behaviours, be coached in their understanding by their personal ‘Reading Buddy’, take quizzes and record all the reading they do. Everything is captured so that your child’s class teacher can see how they are getting on. Please log in to Oxford Reading Buddy when your child brings home their sign-in card and have a look around. Do encourage your child to use it regularly and discuss what they are reading with them.

Accelerated Reader and MyOn

Pupils in Years 3-6 have access to the online e-book resources MyOn, where they can access more than 6000 digital books. After reading each book, they are encouraged to take a quiz through Accelerated Reader (AR) website, which tests their comprehension and ensures they have understood what they have read. Each quiz that a pupil takes earns them points, which in turn earn them rewards in school! This relatively new programme supports our blended learning offer, allowing pupils to access reading resources independently from home. Pupils can also quiz on their own books from home, or those that they have taken out from the school or classroom libraries, which contain a unique code in the front cover that links to an AR quiz.

Writing

Through our book-led curriculum, children explore different types of writing for a range of purposes and audiences. Through modelled, shared, guided and independent writing lessons, pupils develop their writing skills in creative and imaginative ways. They are taught grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting to develop their confidence and accuracy as writers.

Spelling

Children in Years 2-6 learn use the RWI Spelling scheme, which is underpinned by our phonics programme. With 15 minutes of daily teaching, children develop confident spelling through exploring word families, learning how suffixes and prefixes impact on root words, and using mnemonics to support learning of harder spellings.

All children in years 1-6 have a weekly spelling test and receive a list of spellings to practise at home. These spellings are a combination of words they are learning to spell in class that week, and ‘tricky words’ or ‘common exception words’, listed below. The teaching of spelling is a crucial part of developing reading and writing, and supporting your child in learning their spellings is incredibly important.

Year 1 and 2 

Year 3 and 4

Year 5 and 6

Handwriting

At Willowbrook Mead, we teach children to use cursive script. This starts from our Foundation Stage classes through to year 6.

We use ‘Letter-join’ to teach our handwriting and the children are encouraged to include cursive handwriting in all of their written work. All children have their log in details in their reading records. Please click here to log in.

We use letter formation rhymes that link to our Read, Write, Inc. phonics scheme to help our younger children with correct formation.

Handwriting – Cursive Script Chart

Enrichment

Pupils at Willowbrook are given lots of experiences that enrich their learning in English.

Examples of enrichment activities include trips to the theatre, visiting theatre groups for reception and KS1, poetry workshops, Our Best Book project, World Book Day events, the Travelling Bookshop and more.

Useful Websites

Phonics and Grammar KS1

Spelling and Grammar – KS2

Oxford Owl Phonics

Spelling Frame

Top Marks

 

Our recent events…..

School of Comedy

The School of Comedy is a new programme developed by local charity BrightSparks Arts in Mental Health CIO, who have brought the project to Willlowbrook Mead this year.  They will be working in partnership with the children, parents, staff and governors so that we have a brilliant scheme to support mental wellbeing in our school.

The project is supported by award winning stand-up comedian and poet, Rob Gee. He is working across the school to support children in creating and performing poetry. Have a look at some of the group poems written by our classes for National Poetry Day.

 

Subject Leader/s

Mrs S Hughes
Miss J Monk (Accelerated Reader)

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