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Learning

English

How much curriculum time is given to Subject:

At Edwinstree we place English at the very heart of the curriculum. Reading, writing, speaking and learning new vocabulary are essential elements in all subjects.

During English lessons, a reading and writing unit will be taught over a few weeks, plus, we visit our library; learn and practise spellings and GPS terminology (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) and practise handwriting. As we are so passionate about reading, there is always a real text to explore.

In Key Stage 2 there are six hours of English each week.
In Key Stage 3 there are five hours of English each week.

Why read?

Reading non-fiction helps us understand the physical world around us and the facts we need to know. Stories help us understand the world around us. Stories teach us about relationships and can take us to another place. Our lives are enriched through what we see (often in our minds), what we think and what we wonder. Through our reading we explore British and Christian values; for example, in ‘Danny Champion of The World’ we discover the close bond of friendship between a child and his father; through Mulligan’s ‘Trash’ we find out that children living in adverse poverty have the same hopes and dreams as children living in affluent Britain; ‘Two Weeks with the Queen’ is a, seemingly, simple text, which explores the challenging themes of childhood cancer and LGBT discrimination; Traction Man, the super-hero, gives unending service to the planet and Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ invites us to forgive, and embrace koinonia.

Research confirms that children, who read for pleasure, are more likely to be successful academically. Further to this, children, who continue to read with an adult have an even greater advantage.

Home-learning:

We expect pupils to read for at least twenty minutes, five times every week. Please support your children to accomplish this and read with them whenever you can. Don’t forget reading could include fiction, non-fiction, magazines and newspapers. Often there is a ‘Reading Journal,’ which has been created to support children’s reading of a longer class text.
We expect pupils to complete a specific learning activity each week, in their home-learning book, this will be marked for GPS. Corrections must be made at home so please invest in a dictionary!
Further to this we expect pupils to learn spellings and complete ‘Challenge Home-learning’ details of this can be found in ROAs and in the ‘Linking Literacy Passport’. Please familiarise yourself with the Passport – it has all the information that your child needs to be successful in English.

Things to do and places to visit:

Films and audio books, linked to the texts we study, are often a fun way to involve the whole family. Why not compare the film to the original text or listen to the story on a long journey.

What topics is my child covering this term? Year 5

Picture Books

  • Traction Man – Grey
  • Whale – Murrow
  • Voices in the Park - Browne
  • Tuesday - Weisner
  • Meerkat Mail - Gravett
  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs – Scieszka
  • The Snowman – Briggs

Poetry

  • Kennings
  • Remembering Snow - Pattern

Roald Dahl Day

  • Extracts from ‘The Twits’

Within this enquiry students will cover:

  • Writing a wide range of texts including recounts, narrative texts, diaries, letters, descriptions, newspaper reports, reviews and poetry.
  • Reading includes a weekly written comprehension activity - fiction or no-fiction - which complements the main text read.
  • Grammar, punctuation and spelling is also taught through our creative units of work but pupils need to actively learn terminology and work their way through our spelling system, which is based on National Curriculum expectations.
  • Speaking and drama is also found within our text units, which encourages fun and pupil engagement.

If you would like to support/ read around the topic you might be interested in the following:

Websites to explore:

Books to try:

  • Why not dig out, and enjoy again, those picture books that you used to love? Notice the rich, repetitive, musical language. Explore the characters and settings. Think about how an author reaches out to their audience. We particularly like books without words, enabling us to let our imaginations run wild.

Video links

  

What topics is my child covering this term? Year 6

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare
  • Danny the Champion of the World – Dahl
  • A Christmas Carol - Dickens

Poetry

  • The Magic Box - Wright
  • The Night Before Christmas - Moore

Roald Dahl Day

  • Extracts from ‘Matilda’

Within this enquiry students will cover:

  • Writing a wide range of texts including non-chronological report, narrative text, diary, letter, description, speech, autobiography, instructions, reviews and poetry.
  • Reading includes a weekly written comprehension activity - fiction or no-fiction - which complements the main text read.
  • Grammar, punctuation and spelling is also taught through our creative units of work but pupils need to actively learn terminology and work their way through our spelling system, which is based on National Curriculum expectations.
  • Speaking and drama is also found within our text units, which encourages fun and pupil engagement.

If you would like to support/ read around the topic you might be interested in the following:

Websites to explore:

Books to try

  • ISBN-13: 978-0955285646 Manga Shakespeare A Midsummer Night’s Dream We love graphic novels, which help us understand the plot and characters in the more challenging texts we explore.
  • We have vast selection of Roald Dahl novels - please encourage your child to read a range of these.
  • We will lend pupils a copy of Danny the Champion of the World and A Christmas Carol – please take care of these books and return on request (they must come into school every day).

 

What topics is my child covering this term? Year 7

  • Trash – Mulligan
  • 1001 Arabian Nights

Poetry

  • The Tyger – Blake
  • Cats - Elliot

Roald Dahl Day

  • Extracts from ‘Boy’
  • Within this enquiry students will cover:
  • Writing a wide range of texts including leaflets, narrative texts (suspense), essays, letters, feature articles, reviews, play-scripts and poetry.
  • Reading includes a weekly written response to reading - which explores the main text read.
  • Grammar terminology is embedded into our discussion.
  • Once pupils have mastered our 1-6 spelling lists we continue to explore vocabulary by learning words (meaning and spelling) from our main texts.
  • Speaking and drama continues to be taught within our text units, which encourages fun and pupil engagement.

If you would like to support/ read around the topic you might be interested in the following:

Websites to explore:

Books to try

  • We will lend pupils a copy of Trash and 1001 Arabian Knights - please take care of these books and return on request (they must come into school every day).
  • We also have an extensive range of Modern Play-scripts, which we will encourage pupils to borrow and read for enjoyment.

 

What topics is my child covering this term? Year 8

  • Two Weeks With The Queen – Gleitzman Plus - Author study
  • Mystery Stories Pre 1914: Tale of Terror, The Monkey’s Paw, The Signalman
  • The Ruby in the Smoke – Pullman ‘The Mystery of Harris Burdick’

Poetry

  • Mary’s Ghost - Hood
  • Dulce et Decorum est - Owen

Roald Dahl Day

  • The Landlady

Within this enquiry students will cover:

  • Writing a wide range of texts including leaflets, diaries, narrative texts (suspense), essays, letters, feature articles, biography/review, and poetry.
  • Reading includes a weekly written response to reading - which explores the main text read.
  • Grammar terminology is embedded into our discussion.
  • Once pupils have mastered our 1-6 spelling lists we continue to explore vocabulary by learning words (meaning and spelling) from our main texts.
  • Speaking and drama continues to be taught within our text units, which encourages fun and pupil engagement.

If you would like to support/ read around the topic you might be interested in the following:

Websites to explore:

Books to try:

  • We will lend pupils a copy of Two Weeks with the Queen, Mystery Stories of the Nineteenth Century and The Ruby in the Smoke - please take care of these books and return on request (they must come into school every day).
  • We also have an extensive range of novels by Gleitzman, which we will encourage pupils to borrow and read for enjoyment; these became very popular last year.