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.



The BIG SPELL was again a rip roaring success with the children raising a magnificent   £2250 and counting.

Great excitement as the BIG SPELL culminated in our inter school spelling bee. The Y3-4 competition was hotly contested and the eventual winner was Alexander C-S (4BB) with Laurena A and Felix C from James Oglethorpe coming 2nd and 3rd.

In the Y5-6 bee Rory and Sophia from St Marys came 1st and 2nd with Charlie S from 5G taking 3rd place.




Our BOOK BINGO saw over 130 children gain VIP passes for the Wednesday 28th March. The passes allowed the children to wear their own clothes and bring in slippers and cushions for comfort in class. Well done and keep reading!

Snap challenge has been a huge success. The display in the KS2 building is a fantastic tribute to all the nans granddads friends and family members who read with our children. Thank you

World Book Day events though postponed because of the snow went well. The children participated in a range of activities from creating comic strips of classic books to going on a treasure hunt using books as clues.

March saw World Book Day saw each Year Group take on a “Share a Story” challenge.


Year One made books that resembled houses. Its looks quite tricky to fold and cut! What a great job they did               

Reception went on a story hunt around the school …




Year Two went out and about to “Share a Story


Watch out for the grand finale of the BOOK BINGO challenge. All children who complete the entire grid will be invited to a special celebratory event.


We are looking forward to hosting the Upminster Schools Poetry Competition. This years theme is Mischief  Year 4 and Year 5 are the year groups entering the contest.








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