Literacy

Statement of intent

Sound English skills are essential for progress across the curriculum and to prepare pupils effectively for tasks of adult life.

All teachers have a responsibility to develop pupils’ competence in reading, writing, speaking and listening in their own subjects and to ensure that pupils become competent users of language, and can access the curriculum effectively and achieve their potential.

Engayne Primary School:

  • Recognises the effect that a confident, fluent and coherent understanding of English will have on a pupil’s progress, both inside and outside of the school environment.
  • Understands how a strong grounding in English will impact the future learning and development of a pupil in all aspects of their life.
  • Provides a balanced and broad curriculum which encompasses writing practice, including handwriting, spelling, widening vocabulary, and writing for different styles, purposes, and audiences, as well as focussing on spoken English, reading, grammar and pronunciation.
  • Ensures that all staff members are aware of planning, assessment, teaching and learning requirements for the English curriculum.
  • Ensures that all pupils know how to plan, practise and evaluate their work.
  • Ensures that all pupils understand all elements of English, as per the national curriculum.

ENGAYNE’S READING ETHOS

ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS FOR TEACHING READING

1, Phonics :Phonics is the first step but must not be forgotten later on

2, Consistent structures: Create consistent, repetitive structures for reading lessons

3, Fluency: Teach and model fluency

4, New vocabulary: Teach new words explicitly

5, Background knowledge: Build background knowledge often

6, Read, Read, Read: Reading mileage matters

Exposure to as wide a range of texts as possible. Filling their minds with texts and vocabulary.

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.

BIG SPELL 2022

Big spell 2022 was a huge success with sponsor money raised in excess of £3500! The children did really well in the spelling bee assemblies with Matilda winning the Y5-6 bee with Freddie 2nd and Sonny 3rd . Dylan was triumphant in the Y3-4 bee with Mia 2nd and Daya 3rd

Who’s behind the mask?

I hope you and the children have enjoyed watching and playing along with the masked reader this week.
Please click the below video to watch the reveal with your child:

How many did you guess right?

Take a look at the new MC Grammar World Book Day song!

EXCITING NEWSAround 180 children completed the Ready Steady Read full grid of challenges this year. They enjoyed a rewards such as circus skills, silent disco, film making workshop and PE fun sessions. Well done and enjoy your certificates!

Year 4 have been enjoying reading to our reading dog Trixie. Mrs Sims and Trixie have been having fun hearing the children read too!

We took part in the Take 10 Challenge!

The Take 10 Challenge encourages people to read for just 10 minutes a day to improve their wellbeing and support their literacy. For more information click here.

The Summer Reading Challenge launches on Saturday 9th July at all local libraries

This year’s theme – ‘Gadgeteers’ – will spark children’s curiosity about the world around them. With resources and activities from the Science Museum Group, the Challenge focuses on inspiring children to see the science and innovation behind everyday objects, showing that reading and science are for everyone. For more information visit https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

With your library membership you can view a variety of story and factual books online. To find out more visit: https://www.havering.gov.uk/info/20039/libraries/685/ebooks_and_audiobooks

Visit the link below to also find encyclopedias, dictionaries, art and music resources in the virtual library: https://www.havering.gov.uk/info/20039/libraries/680/virtual_library

Does your child have trouble selecting a book to read? Watch this fun animation to help them choose books they will love! 

The Importance of Bedtime Reading for Children – this website has lots of suggested books and tips to make bedtime reading engaging.

PLEASE USE GOOGLE CHROME TO ACCESS BUG CLUB

Check the homepage when you log in. If there is an envelope symbol it means there is a message or feedback from your teacher.

If you get locked out of your account send a e mail to your teacher with your log in details and they will sort it out for you.

IF BUG CLUB is slow or not working the advice is press ctrl, shift and del at the same time and empty the cache on your computer. It will help!

Phonic games stay in your folder to use as much as possible until your teacher removes them. Keep practicing!

If you need a reminder of how to log in and access this excellent reading resource please use the guide. The site gives you reading books, phonic and spelling games and many other resources. Any problems please tell the class teacher so we can resolve them for you as soon as possible.

https://engayne.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Bug-club-parents-guide-2020-1.pdf

If you are having issues logging into Bug Club please click here for advice

Use the following link to access a range of useful websites for learning at home

PLPS has some spelling and maths games

https://engayne.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Websites-and-Apps-to-Support-with-Home-Learning.pdf

Do you like to read on an electronic device?

Then you should download the Borrow Box app and unlock your local library of books to have on your device on demand. https://www.borrowbox.com/

If you prefer reading on a laptop then overdrive might be the site for you! https://reading.overdrive.com/library/youth/

Ready Steady Read continues. Your teacher will tell how this is going to work with your class.

Below are links to some knowledge organisers for English. These documents give you some of the key terminology, concepts and ways to help your child with their English work.

Year One Knowledge Organiser

Year Two Knowledge Organiser

Y3-4 Knowledge Organiser

Y5-6 Knowledge Organiser

Looking for advice on what to read?

These reading lists are also found on year group pages. Happy Reading!

How to use children’s reading list

Reception list

Year one list

Year 2 list

Year 3 list

Year 4 list

Year 5 list

Year 6 list

Useful Phonics websites:

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

www.oxfordowl.co.uk

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

Teach Your Monster To Read. An excellent site which is often free to access. Assists with phonics in a fun way!

KS2 reading:

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

http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/

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.

www.ReadingZone.com

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

SPELLING

Please click on these links for the common word lists for each year group. They can also be found  on year group pages

First 100 high frequency words

Year One and Two word lists

Year Three and Four word lists

Year Five and Six word lists

BBC Bitesize has many games designed to entertain and educate the children. KS1 English has Karate Cats to assist with SPAG. KS2 has Crystal Explorers.

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

Story explorers have launched podcasts showing primary school children interviewing top authors about their work and the stories they love! Click here to find the weekly podcasts.

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