What we say about English at Dean Bank Primary School
Jessica – I like to learn and understand new things like subordinate clauses.
Mia – I enjoy listening to different stories and like to write in different ways to express my feelings.
Riley – Learning new words is fun!
At Dean Bank Primary School, we believe that reading, writing and spoken communication are key life skills that every child should develop so they are prepared for the next steps in their learning. We use the English curriculum (using cross curricular links where appropriate) to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding that will enable our pupils to communicate effectively and creatively in spoken and written forms. We strive for our pupils to develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information; acquire a wide vocabulary; develop a secure understanding of English grammar and punctuation; and acquire a knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
English long term planning has been evaluated and changed to include a wide range of texts to support social and ethical issues, understanding of specific authors, a range of cultures, language and vocabulary development and appreciation of classic texts.
We aim for our pupils to develop mastery of the curriculum content for their year group and be confident enough to be able to apply the skills taught in English lessons in their other subjects. We strive for children to become more independent writers who develop confidence with the editing and redrafting process and can use self and peer assessment to reflect on their own and others’ writing.
You can view the long term plans for English to see what is taught in each each year group here.
Reading and Phonics
For more information regarding Reading and Phonics please click here.
For more details about how to use our new reading resource myON please view our parent guide by clicking below.
https://www.lexiacore5.com (See class teacher for login details)
English in Action at Dean Bank
Y1 English carousel – Oct 2020
Y1 have been taking part in an English carousel with different reading and writing activities.
The Enormous Turnip – Oct 2020
Y2’s new class story is The Enormous Turnip.
This week they have been learning about verbs.
To help the children understand what they are they’ve been using role play to act out some of the powerful verbs they’ve found in the story.
National Poetry Day – Oct 2020
For National Poetry Day, each class spent some time exploring a new poem and creating their own poems.
Y6 worked on the poem ‘What is pink?’ by discussing the poem and playing a game to describe objects and guess what other children were describing.
Next, they created their own poems based on colours and produced some fantastic work.
Roald Dahl Day – Sep 2020
For Roald Dahl Day, each class completed activities linked to one or more of Roald Dahl’s books.
The children were also invited to dress up as a Roald Dahl character or wear yellow because that was Roald Dahl’s favourite colour!
Exploring Beegu in Y2 – Sep 2020
Year 2 are enjoying their new class book which is Beegu by Alexis Deacon.
They had great fun creating freeze frames of the story.
Y1 Continuous provision – Sep 2020
Our Y1 pupils are settling in well to Y1 and enjoying accessing reading and writing within their continuous provision.
Some of the children enjoyed looking through Elmer in their castle.