Welcome to the English information page
Here you will find lots of information to help you understand your child’s learning and to support their understanding of literacy when working at home.
We hope you find the information useful. If you have any suggestions or queries regarding this page please contact
Miss U Hussain
- Continuing use of Reading Eggs – please encourage your child to work through the online games and activities in order to improve their reading and comprehension skills. The website address is www.readingeggs.co.uk.
- Your child will be able to login and access their account with a user name and password provided by the school. Thank you for your support at home.
- Please ensure that you are listening to your child read at home. They have a reading journal where you can comment and sign your name. For Key Stage 2 there are also suggested questions that you might ask your child to see if they have understood their reading book.
- Better reading has started again in Key Stage 1 where chosen children read twice weekly to a volunteer.
- If you are available to help support reading in school please speak to your child’s class teacher. Many thanks for your support.
- Parents workshops will be available soon please check the website and newsletter for more information in the near future. Previous workshops have focussed on targeted questioning during a reading session and proved to be successful and were well attended.
- The New Curriculum for English came into effect from September 2014.
- What’s new!
- Stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling (for example, the use of commas and apostrophes will be taught in KS1)
- Spoken English has a greater emphasis, with children to be taught debating and presenting skill.
- Handwriting – not currently assessed under the national curriculum – is expected to be fluent, legible and speedy.
Each collection exemplifies one pupil’s writing that meets the requirements for the statements within the interim TA framework for one of the following standards:
• Working towards the expected standard
• Working at the expected standard
• Working at greater depth within the expected standard.
We have a termly Star Writer board where children from each year group have an opportunity to showcase their writing talents. They are then displayed on the link corridor for everybody to see. The children are presented with a Star Writer certificate and pencil during Oscar assembly. We are very proud of their writing abilities!
Star Writer Board.
For the past two years the children from St Stephen's have been using their fantastic writing abilities to produce a school magazine "St Ste's Scoop" a name chosen by one of our very own teachers!
The children from Year 2 - 6 work very hard writing a range of articles. The Editor decides what the focus of each issue will be and divides up the rest of the children. They have covered allsorts such as interviewing the Headteacher to writing about School Trips. The magazine is then sold to the children and distributed to our community. They have worked very well as a team and we are very proud of them. The next issue is coming very soon!
Young Writers Competition
Some of our year 5 children entered the Young Writers Competition and were asked to use their writing skills to write a story. They created their own mini sagas about toys that come alive and the adventures they face. These children were successful in winning the competition and had their work published in a book.