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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.

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!


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.

All year groups have been busy with festive writing activities. Key Stage One wrote letters to Santa to find out about his job and life at the North Pole. Each child received a response from the elves. Year 3 wrote letters from Little Nose (the Stone Age boy) asking Santa for appropriate gifts. Year Four created some beautiful poems on the theme of Winter Sounds.

Year 3 winners were: Elliot F 3W, Sienna W 3BR and the overall winner was Frankie R 3M.

Y4 winners were: Albert 4C, Leyla 4W and the overall winner was Emily M 4BT.

We finished the term with our Ready Steady Read reward morning. We had over 200 children complete 4 challenges during the term which was amazing! THANK YOU! All the children enjoyed a movie and a home made festive biscuit. A special mention to Alfie and Megan (Y3 and Y5) who have completed their whole grid of challenges already! Happy reading everyone!

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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