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.



We had a great end to the Autumn term with 110 children achieving their Book Bingo line or column and therefore earning a film afternoon reward. We begin again this term so get reading and ticking off those squares!


In November Year 5 entered the Havering Libraries Poetry Competition. The theme this year was Freedom.  On our first day back re received news that GEORGINA of 5P had won the borough contest with her poem Freedom from Fear.  Her prize winning poem will be displayed in libraries across the borough.

The school entered the Premier League Primary Stars poetry competition. In January we received 6 packs of poetry books for Year 2,3,4 and 6 as prizes  for participating. Only 1000 schools countrywide received  packs of books so we were really lucky to receive 6 packs.

We are looking forward to celebrating World Book Day and Big Spell in Spring 2.


Y4 completed stories based on Malala’s Wish




The whole school have been getting into the Christmas Spirit while improving their literacy skills by our cross phase ‘Letters to Father Christmas’.  Letters were written to Father Christmas and replied to by our pupils and much enjoyment resulted from this writing activity.



Y5 wrote some fantastic poems based on the theme of ‘Freedom’. These poems were submitted to the Havering Library Poetry Competition and we are awaiting the results. Y5 also performed their poems in the Garden Rooms

Georgina 5P was the Winner of the KS2 Havering Library Poem Competition.



500 words competition 2018

If you would like to take part in this fabulous competition please click on the link below


There are loads of stories from past winners and lots of helpful hints to help you on your way to your 500 word story.


Premiere League Primary Stars

Y6 participated in the Premier League Primary Stars Poetry competition


Spring Term Snap Challenge

For spring term we are launching our Snap Challenge. Our challenge to you is to be snapped reading to someone aged 50, 60, 70, 80 or 90 years old. You can be snapped with all these age groups too (if you really want to fully embrace the Snap Challenge). Once your photograph has been taken of you reading with someone in these age groups then make sure you bring your photo in to Mrs Wyman as we will be displaying all your amazing photos.

Good luck and happy reading!                                                                    




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