Literacy News

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.

Spelling Bee competition

What a fantastic set of spelling bee competitions we had! In March, pupils in Years 3-4 and Years 5-6 from Engayne, St Mary’s and James Oglethorpe competed against each other to see who would win the crown of Supreme Speller!

All the children who participated showed so much confidence and courage.

Nicky M in, Year 3, came 2nd in the Year 3-4 competition.

Charlie S (Year 6) came 1st place in the Year 5-6 competition and Alex C-S (Year 5) came 2nd place. Everyone did fantastically!

The teacher spelling bee was also great fun! Mr Clare won the event with Mr Hurley 2nd.

Well done to one and all!

A total of £2800 has been raised for the school to fund BUG CLUB, outdoor projects, new books and also donate to The Children’s Society which was the favoured charity of a former librarian at the school Miss Blow who passed away recently.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Big Spell and well done for raising such a fantastic amount of money.

Coming soon ….

There will be a Y4-5 poetry competition coming soon! We are entering the Havering Library Schools performance poetry competition in June.

Watch this space for the winning Engayne entries.

Useful Phonics websites:

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

activitBug Club  help sheet  U604-Bug-Club-ALP-Instructions (1)ies 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.


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

Valerie is a poet and performer. Her writing is heavily influenced by her Jamaican background

Have you read any of their work?

Have you ever written your own story inspired by nature?

Try writing a poem about the area that you live in.

Click here to visit the Words for Life website.
This is a fantastic website which offers great ideas and tips for reading at home.

Our favourite books

Everyone has that one book that they can pick up and get completely lost in.

Here are a few of Engayne’s favourite books.

Mrs Wyman:
I was a rat by Philip Pullman Because it is funny, exciting and links to Cinderella in a really subtle way which is really cleverly done!         Mrs Grassick:  My favourite book is The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe. I read this when I was about 9yrs old and I loved the idea of a portal which you could step through and enter a different world. Narnia was full of ice and snow and a truly magical world. I loved that Edmund was given Turkish Delight to eat by the wicked Queen, as this is my favourite sweet and that Lucy had to push past all the fur coats in the wardrobe before she entered Narnia. I have read this book countless times, to my children and just for myself because it is such a fantastic story.     Mr Luxton:  My favourite book is Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone which I have read 7 times. It is my favourite because it got me back into reading and really helped me with my own writing and exploration of the English language.    

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