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The National Curriculum for English states that:

“Reading widely and often opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious minds.’’

 

Our aim is to ensure all children become highly skilled readers and also develop a love of reading so that they become life-long readers. We aim to ensure all children have a balanced reading diet comprised of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and classics.

 

We use several reading schemes throughout the school. Our main scheme is The Oxford Reading Tree, but this is supplemented by several other schemes and books, all of which we hope will encourage our children to read with enjoyment.

 

Every class has a book corner, where children will find a selection of fiction and non-fiction books.

 

Writing

The National Curriculum aims for children to be able to write clearly, accurately and coherently adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.

 

We hope to foster a love for writing by exposing children to as many different styles of writing as possible, whilst providing them with every opportunity to write creatively. 

The Selfish Giant musical theatre came to SPAH!

The Selfish Giant musical theatre came to SPAH!  1 We had so much fun learning our acting role
The Selfish Giant musical theatre came to SPAH!  2 and learning the songs.
The Selfish Giant musical theatre came to SPAH!  3 What a selfish giant!
The Selfish Giant musical theatre came to SPAH!  4 On our way to the beautiful garden...shhhh!
The Selfish Giant musical theatre came to SPAH!  5 What would happen if we ring the bell?
The Selfish Giant musical theatre came to SPAH!  6 The children have come to play.
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The Selfish Giant musical theatre came to SPAH!  8 TRESPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED!
The Selfish Giant musical theatre came to SPAH!  9 Winter has arrived!
The Selfish Giant musical theatre came to SPAH!  10 Frost and ice are settling.
The Selfish Giant musical theatre came to SPAH!  11 We are so cold.
The Selfish Giant musical theatre came to SPAH!  12 The little boy has come back to the garden.

World Book Week - Dressing up as our favourite book character.

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World Book Week- Library visit

World Book Week- Library visit  1 Choosing a book
World Book Week- Library visit  2 Quiet reading
World Book Week- Library visit  3 Browsing the shelves
World Book Week- Library visit  4 Happy with our book selection
World Book Week- Library visit  5 Story telling
World Book Week- Library visit  6 Visiting the library
World Book Week- Library visit  7 Reading corner
World Book Week- Library visit  8 Story time
World Book Week- Library visit  9 Happy in the library
World Book Week- Library visit  10 Choosing a book
World Book Week- Library visit  11 Checking out the book selection
World Book Week- Library visit  12 Picking a chapter book
During World Book Week, every class has had the opportunity to visit our local library. Each child has applied for their own library card to borrow books whenever they want. Here's some pictures from one of our visits: 

Our new Literacy writing resource: Now-Press-Play

 

Now-Press-Play is an immersive educational resource that engages primary school children in the curriculum through emotion, imagination and movement.

 

In a Now>Press>Play Experience every child is given a pair of wireless headphones. Immersed in sound, they become the main character in a story, meeting people, discovering places and solving problems on an educational adventure they’ll never forget.

 

Now>Press>Play can be used as a whole class activity or with smaller groups for intervention writing work. It is a fun and inclusive way to engage children in the curriculum.

 

Here are some pictures of our children using this resource: 

       

       

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Travelling Book Fair - We raised £297. 

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that came to the book fair and bought a book. 

 

Five lucky raffle ticket winners each received a £5 voucher to buy another fantastic book of their choice. 

 

Did you know?

  • Reading at home can impact success at school
  • Children are five times more likely to finish books they choose themselves
  • A home library expands their knowledge and vocabulary and develops literacy skills

 

 

 

Author Visit

We are very excited to announce that on the 18th January Jeanne Willis, author of the Bog Baby will be coming into our wonderful school. She will be working with Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. 

 

 

The Power of Reading

As a school we emphasise the importance of books and literature in enabling children to become confident, happy and enthusiastic readers and writers, with all the benefits this brings.

 

Our POR Curriculum Plan - 2016/2017

 

Term

Nursery

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Autumn

The Bog Baby

No Dinner

Beegu

The Lonely Beast

Mouse, Bird and Snake

Gregory Cool

The Viewer

The Adventure of Odysseus

Spring

Biscuit Bear

Bedtime for Monsters

Traction Man

Grace and Family

Jeremy Button

African Tales

London Eye Mystery

Stay Where You are and then Leave.

Summer

 

Stanley Stick

Naughty Bus

The Dark

One Day on Our Blue Planet

Pebble in my Pocket

Iron Man

Floodland

Cosmic

 

Reading Egg:

The school has invested in a reading programme called Reading Egg for Year 1 and Year 2. 

It is a digital resource that helps children learn to read and develop a love of reading.

It supports the delivery of the new English curriculum by providing:
 *       a fun, engaging environment that promotes reading for pleasure
 *       resources to support grammar, comprehension and spelling
 *       tools to develop children's writing skills

 

 

Phonics:

Read Write Inc 

The school uses the Read Write Inc phonics resource. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.

 

 

Monster Phonics

The school also uses the Monster Phonics resource to help all children to learn how to read and spell. The scheme supports all learners and follows the new primary curriculum. With Monster Phonics, EAL learners benefit from pronunciation support through colour coding. Please see below for documents that can be downloaded. 

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What an amazing day with Jeanne Willis...Look at our Bog Babies!

Thank you to all the parents and carers that came to our phonics workshop. This workshop gave the adults information on how they can help their child with reading.

Thank you to all the parents and carers that came to our phonics workshop. This workshop gave the adults information on how they can help their child with reading.  1
Thank you to all the parents and carers that came to our phonics workshop. This workshop gave the adults information on how they can help their child with reading.  2
Thank you to all the parents and carers that came to our phonics workshop. This workshop gave the adults information on how they can help their child with reading.  3
Thank you to all the parents and carers that came to our phonics workshop. This workshop gave the adults information on how they can help their child with reading.  4

Phonics Games

Please see hyper-links below to access free phonics resources and games to support your children's learning.

2015 / 2016

Readathon:

Thank you to all the children that took part in Readathon.  We have raised over £300. All the money raised will go to a children's charity.

 

What a wonderful World Book Week.

Have a look at all the exciting things that we did!

 

A special thank you to all the Parents/Carers that came into school to read with their children.

We dressed up as our favourite book character.

Tony Dallas (Storyteller) - A unique blend of interactive storytelling made the stories come alive at SPAH.

We had so much fun!

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Junior assembly

This is fantastic!

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Infant assembly

 

Young Writers Competitions

Many infant and junior children have taken part in the Young Writers competitions. Children across both schools have won the Poetry Emotions competition as well as the Superhero Adventure creative writing competition. 

 

I am delighted to say that these children have had their work published in a book. Well done to all the children that have taken part.

 

St. Francis visit Spurs to listen to stories. 

St. Francis were rewarded for having the best attendance in the school so far this year. We were very lucky to go to Spurs to hear stories in different parts of the stadium. We had such a wonderful time listening to the different stories read by young people and the great story teller Tony Dallas.

Tony Dallas...The wonderful story teller!

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We were very happy to have had the Travelling Book Fair in school.

Thank you to all the Parents/Carers that attended and bought a book.

 

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Infant Book Bench - Handa's Surprise

Infant Book Bench - Handa's Surprise 1 We worked very hard to come up with a design!
Infant Book Bench - Handa's Surprise 2 Great attention to detail.
Infant Book Bench - Handa's Surprise 3 It's looking good!
Infant Book Bench - Handa's Surprise 4 I'm so talented.
Infant Book Bench - Handa's Surprise 5 The end result!
Infant Book Bench - Handa's Surprise 6 And the back!
Infant Book Bench - Handa's Surprise 7 Display

The Infant children truly love the book Handa's Surprise so there was no deliberation when deciding what book to choose for the book bench. The children worked very hard to help design the bench, so many of their ideas have been included. 

 

 

Shakespeare Week

All classes have had a great time celebrating William Shakespeare and learning about his different plays. Here is a snap shot of some of the work completed in class.

Picture 1 Year 2 - Working Wall Display
Picture 2 Year 2 - Romeo and Juliet
Picture 3 Year 3 - The Tempest
Picture 4 Year 4 - Macbeth
Picture 5 Year 5 - A Midsummer Nights Dream

Thank you to all the children that took part in Readathon. We have raised £450. The majority of money goes to children’s’ charities but the school also gets a small proportion of the total raised, which will be spent on books.

 

 

Sharing a book with your child/ren.

Thank you to all the parents that came into school to read a book with their child. 

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A fantastic World Book Week no

Michael Rosen

We were very fortunate to have Michael Rosen work with our school, St Francis de Sales, and Lancasterian during world book week. Michael Rosen shared his work through a range of performances with different age groups, including his famous story ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ and the poem ‘Chocolate Cake.’ It was a fantastic day which was enjoyed by all the children and adults.

Some footage from our day with Michael Rosen

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World Book Day Costumes

I would like to thank all the children and staff for making such a huge effort with their costumes. Many children dressed up in a traditional costume or a character from their favourite book.

John O'Leary

John O’Leary visited our school on world book day. He showed us many of the books that he has written and illustrated. He did a live drawing for the children during an assembly. John also worked with some children to create a pop-up book.

'Where's Wally?' Creative Writing Competition 

NLT WALLY BANNERWe are taking part in an exciting new writing competition. Using Where's Wally? scenes as inspiration, pupils put themselves into Wally's shoes to describe a new scene he has found himself in. Children will make use of descriptive language to describe their chosen scene on the back of their postcard as well as drawing a picture of their scene on the front.

 

Visual literacy is the idea that images can be read and that meaning can be drawn by interpreting pictures. Exploring imagery in books is an important aspect for the development of literacy skills overall.

 

"Wordless picture books connect visual literacy skills, cultural literacy (learning the characteristics and expectations of social groups) and literacy with print (learning to read and write language)"  Mary Jalongo. (2002). 

 

 

 

Rob Lloyd Jones - Author of Wild Boy

Rob Lloyd Jones - Author of Wild Boy 1 Rob explained how hard reading was as a child.
Rob Lloyd Jones - Author of Wild Boy 2 Asking the children their opinion of reading

Here are some of the quotes from the children based on their time with Rob Lloyd Jones. The children particularly enjoyed his stories about how he first became enthused for books after reading Robin Hood. They enjoyed the stories of the Crusades, and how he decided on Wild Boy the story after learning a lot about children in Victorian London.

 

"Rob Lloyd Jones' visit inspired me to always keep reading so one day when I get older I might become a writer like him." Danae, St Monica    

 

"I'm now going to try my best in everything, because I need to battle my way through life's difficulties if I want to be a great person like Rob." Rannel, St Monica

 

"Rob Lloyd Jones inspired me because he couldn't read and would always cause a tantrum, and now he is an amazing author. I will now try and read more books." Sirr, St Monica

 

The class teacher said that there was a unanimous groan when Rob had to leave the classroom, they loved having him in.

 

Junior Book Bench - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Junior Book Bench - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe 1 The work begins!
Junior Book Bench - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe 2 It's hard work!
Junior Book Bench - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe 3 There's still lots to do...
Junior Book Bench - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe 4 The final result!
Junior Book Bench - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe 5 And the back!
Junior Book Bench - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe 6 Display

The making of the Book Bench

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Books about Town has worked closely with our school to help bring reading to life.

A blank book bench arrived at our school and it was unveiled to the children.

Each teacher discussed potential books for the bench in order to select an overall favourite.

The clear winner was ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’.

 

 

Spell Off

Spell Off 1 The Spell off begins.
Spell Off 2 What's your word?
Spell Off 3 Conundrum time...

5 schools (St Francis de Sales, Risley, Devonshire Hill, Lancasterine, and St Paul's and All Hallows') took part in a fun and engaging Spell Off. Each team was divided into two children who competed in the ‘Spell off’ and took on the challenge of spelling alone. The remainder of each team worked together to complete the Conundrum challenge.

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