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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.

Upminster Library is open from 17th July! Click here for details.

The National Literacy Trust has launched a virtual library! Click here for details.


We have received an e mail from the Premier League Primary Stars about the poems we sent as entries for the Ambition competition.

Two of our pupils Joel (KS1) and Jonathan (KS2) have had their poems selected as regional winners. They will go forward to the national judging. We are very proud of their entries!

As a regional winner, Joel and the school win the following great prizes-

  • Poems published in an official Premier League Writing Stars book with bespoke illustrations
  • An invitation to a celebration event and the chance to meet other poets and special guests NB this is subject to COVID- 19 guidelines and will only be organised when circumstances allow.
  • A framed version of their winning poem
  • Poetry book bags for all winners’ schools


I have great pleasure in confirming  that the poem by Jonathan titled “Unstoppable”  has been selected as the national winner of the Key Stage Two category of the Premier League Writing Stars competition! This poem has been selected by the judging panel from many thousands of poems submitted by primary school pupils across England and Wales. As a national winner, Jonathan and the school wins the following great prizes- 

  • Poems published in an official Premier League Writing Stars book with bespoke illustrations
  • A special poetry workshop at the school (with a Premier League Trophy visit) from judging panel member Karl Nova when it is safe to do so.
  • A framed version of their winning poem
  • Poetry book bags for all winners’ schools

If you would like to hear what the judges had to say about the winning poems and see our winners names in print please go to

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


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!

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

PLPS has some spelling and maths games

Completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.

The collection, published by Bloomsbury, is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters, cleaners and everyone currently working in hospitals.

The Book of Hopes


Our annual spelling bee was in full swing before school closure due to COVID 19! All the children received spelling lists and sponsor forms. All the teachers were excited to launch the 2020 spelling bee and see who would be crowned class, year group, phase and inter school champions! Despite the shortened competition the children raised a magnificent £2121!

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

Thank you everyone!


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.

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!

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

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:

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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