English and Reading News

Welcome to the English and Reading news page.

Here you will find interesting videos, information and news about the fantastic reading events taking place at Engayne.


CALLING ALL BUDDING WRITERS ….The Jacqueline Wilson Creative Writing Prize 2018 is currently seeking stories about unlikely friendships. Click the link below for more details.  GOOD LUCK!

Jacqueline Wilson Creative Writing Prize
The Jacqueline Wilson Creative Writing Prize is back for 2018, and we’re one of the judges! The competition asks children aged seven to 12 to write a story between 750 and 1,000 words about an unlikely friendship. The winner will have their story published in a Jacqueline Wilson novel, and there are lots of other prizes up for grabs too.

Find out more.


Summer Reading Challenge 2018 – Mischief Makers

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six books during the long summer holiday. There is a different theme each year. Children can read whatever they like – fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books – just as long as they are borrowed from the library. Children receive special rewards each time they finish a book and there’s a certificate for everyone who completes the Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all primary school aged children and is designed for all reading abilities. Schools work with local libraries and give out information to encourage children to take part, and most libraries run Summer Reading Challenge linked early years activity for pre-schoolers.

The theme for the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge is Mischief Makers – celebrating the 80th birthday of the Beano comic

Children will explore a map of Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers! Dennis, Gnasher and friends will help them solve clues and collect stickers, having lots of fun and adventures along the way!

Mischief Makers starts on July 7th! Get ready to make some real mischief!

Summer Reading Challenge website (for children)



In June we were proud to host the Upminster Library Performance Poetry Competition.

The theme was “mischief” and the standard of entries was very high.


Our Year 4 and 5 pupils were represented by Ava L Grace S and Luke S.


Here are their poems …. see if you recognise any of the mischief YOU get up to!


Summer term saw the annual performance poetry competition for Year 4 and 5 pupils.

Engayne’s winners were Ava L, Grace S and  Luke S


We had a fantastic morning listening and watching the performances from other schools and the judges eventually decided that Luke S (Engayne) was the Y4 winner and Rebecca from St Josephs was the Y5 winner.

All the winners had the opportunity to perform at Upminster library at a recital evening.







Book Bingo concluded this term and we had over 90 Children complete the entire grid!

Those children were rewarded with a VIP non uniform day with an afternoon tea with a movie, cake and special pencil as a reward.


We are looking forward to running a new BINGO style reading scheme next year …Ready Steady READ!  Mr Fitzpatrick and I are thinking up some new and interesting rewards for those who complete the challenges!

Thursday 5th July was our annual book fair. A hot and humid evening and the Garden Rooms were buzzing with activity. Mr Luxton coordinated the event which took in a total of£1500. We get to spend £900 profit  on books for the school library which is fantastic!  THANK YOU!

To celebrate our 60th birthday all the children wrote poems. Winners were chosen from each Y group and their poems are on the school website. Congratulations to: Lexi (Year 1) Florence (Year 2) Barney (Year 3)   Alfie S   (Year 4) Hannah (Year 5) and Alana (Year 6) Each winning entry received a book token in assembly as a prize for their fabulous work.


Please click on the various links to find useful sites and helpful information for all things English related!

EYFS and KS1 phonics and reading


For fun games and activities which are free


Another useful site for phonic fun and useful tips


Super range of free ebooks to read and a phonics screening test generator to work on those alien words


Our school BUG CLUB subscription will offer books and SPAG activities for all the children.

KS2 reading:

A site enabling parents to download extracts of books to sample, to try out different authors with their children.




A site dedicated to helping children and parents to find out about children’s books. Each area on the site provides information about new and classic titles with expert advice to help you find the best children’s books available.




A comprehensive book review site, which also contains some writing games too.




An excellent resource site, offering tests and games for KS2 English.






Please click on these links for the common word lists for each year group found  on year group page


Looking for advice on what to read?

Click on our recommended reads list for the year group found on year group page  for some inspiration!




Our Patrons Of Reading

What is a patron of reading? A patron of reading is an author who works with specific schools to help promote reading and inspire writing.


Who are our patrons of reading? We are lucky enough to have two patrons called Nicola Davies and Valerie Bloom.

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Nicola Davies

She is very passionate and curious about the natural world around her. She uses her excitement for nature to inspire her writing.

Valerie Bloom