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.


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

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

PLPS has some spelling and maths games


David Walliams is offering free access some audio books.



Teach Your Monster To Read is an award winning app which has been praised for being a quality education app for young children.

The app is FREE to download this week until FRIDAY 28th FEBRUARY.


Our annual spelling bee has begun! All the children have received spelling lists and sponsor forms. All the teachers are excited to launch our 2020 spelling bee and see who will be crowned class, year group, phase and inter school champions!

All proceeds from the event go towards English projects in the school including books and our online reading, SPAG and phonics scheme BUG CLUB.

Good luck everyone!


Engayne celebrate world book day with a series of challenges for reading and writing for every year group. Classes complete their “booky” tasks during the week. All the classes were given tasks and book based challenges to encourage even more reading than usual! All classes were paired up for some peer reading across the school. It is going to be an amazing week!

Year Five were geocaching to find and solve clues about the books they have studied this year.

Reception went on a story hunt and made birds from their book “Shh we have a plan”

Year One made book marks and watched a live performance of the book Ruby’s Worry.

The whole school wrote poems during World Book Week on the theme of ambition. The children were asked to think about their future aspirations, hopes and reams which were then magically turned in to poems. All the poems will be entered into the Premier League Primary Stars national competition. Fingers crossed for some winning entries!

Here are a selection of the entries for Year 6, 4 and 1.


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.


We have welcomed our two new reading dogs at school. Trudie the therapy dog came to read with children on Wednesday morning. As you can see Trudie settled down to hearing readers straight away! Kyra then arrived Wednesday afternoon to carry on the good work with our pupils!

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.

If you prefer reading on a laptop then overdrive might be the site for you!

Engayne participated in the library recruitment drive “Every Child a Member”. Around 12 children received their library tickets this week to become members of their local library.


Ava from 6F last year won the R.E spirited poetry competition which means we will be getting a prize! There were hundreds of entries from schools all over the country so this is a huge achievement!

Ava’s poem is published on the website under ‘The Mystery of Life’.

A huge thank you to all the Engayne families who sent in photos of themselves to answer the questions: Where do you read? and Who do you read with? The photos make a lovely display outside our Key Stage One library.

Ready Steady Read continues. We had over 200 children complete 4 challenges during the Autumn term which was amazing! This term teachers are looking for evidence to tick off a column or 5 more squares on your grids. Keep up the reading. We are looking forward to rewarding those successful readers at the end of the Spring term! Watch this space!

COMPETITION ALERT! Calling all budding story writers

Here is a link to Leeds Castle’s Big Story Writing Challenge.

This is a link to an exciting local library competition to write a short story about Paddington Bear. Let your teacher know if you decide to enter!

Good luck to all our budding writers!


In March 2020, Havering Council are turning over Living magazine to the young people of the borough.

They’re inviting young people to write about the issues that matter to them the most. If you’re a young person aged up to 24 (or you know someone who is), then get in touch with your ideas, by Monday, January 20.  However, be warned, they’ll probably ask you to write about the topic you’ve suggested.

The edition will also be edited by young people.

They’ll consider all ideas and do their best to cover as many issues as possible, where space allows. They’ll be in touch with further instructions and ask you to have your articles completed and submitted Friday, February 14.

Please contact Please add “Youth Takeover”

An exciting opportunity! Let your teacher know if you submit an idea

Thank you for completing the parent survey on reading at open evening. Click on the links below to find updated reading lists as requested on the survey.

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

Coming soon: New library stock purchased with book fair profits …THANK YOU!  

Coming soon: Y5 are entering a national library poetry competition on the Theme of truth. GOOD LUCK!

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

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

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