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 Mrs G Farrimond (KS1 English Lead) or Ms M Lalsing (KS2 English Lead)
- We are striving to become a 'Reading School' and we want to promote reading at every turn! We want our children to have a real love and passion for reading at every age across school.
- We will be launching a new St Stephen's Reading Challenge this half term to help support and promote reading at home. Alongside this you will be given the chance to attend a 'Reading Come and Watch Me Learn' event in your child's class. This will give you some helpful tips on how to support your child's reading.
- We have a new '100 books' reading area in school which all children will be able to access. The purpose of this area is to allow children to read and enjoy a large selection and range of quality and highly recommended books on the comfort of our new sofa!
- 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.
- If you are available to help support reading in school please speak to your child’s class teacher. Many thanks for your support.
- 'Reading for Pleasure' is now our BIG focus as a school and we need your support with this as much as possible!
- We have implemented a new Spellings Scheme from Year 2 up to Year 6. This will ensure spelling rules are taught at appropriate stages and that progression is seamless from one year group to the next.
How can parents get involved?
- Attend one of our regular workshops! (See newsletters for more information)
- Support with 'Better Reading' - Speak to Miss Lorgat if you are interested in supporting us with this in school.
- Enjoy a book, a comic, an online news report, a magazine with your child at home! Make it fun!
Talk for Writing
Talk for Writing runs throughout the school from EYFS up to Year 6. Each year group has specific quality texts from a variety of genres which they use as their focus texts each half term. These texts link to their topics across the curriculum meaning that learning is relevant and vocabulary is embedded.
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.
Young Writers Competition
At the end of last year, 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.
Here you will find more information about the Read Write Inc Phonics programme we run in school.