English

We know that helping children to read and write well helps them to do better in all of their studies...and in life.

At St Egwin's, the English Department provide varied and interesting lessons - studying a wide range of texts and practising reading, vocabulary and writing skills which are purposeful and relevant to our children. Pupils have regular access to a well-stocked and well-managed library. We use the Accelerated Reader programme widely in school to support reading choices and to check understanding. Lessons are lively, differentiated and taught by experienced English specialists across all year groups. We work closely with Prince Henry's High School to ensure that our pupils transfer smoothly and with appropriate knowledge in place.

What pupils are learning about in English.
 Year 6Year 7Year 8
Autumn 1Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Writing and Grammar revision.Holes Reading & Writing.Conflict Poetry Reading.
Autumn 2Tiger, Tyger Poetry Reading and Report Writing.Conventions of Storytelling Writing.Winter Writing.
Spring 1World War Two Project Cross Curricular Project.The Gothic Pre-20th Century Reading and Writing.The Giver Dystopian fiction Reading.
Spring 2Rivers and the Water Cycle Explanation texts.Poetry Around the World Reading.Shakespeare Study :A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Summer 1Traditional Stories Reading & Writing.Advertising & Media Study Non-fiction Writing; Speeches.Transfer tests; Speeches Speaking & Listening.
Summer 2Speeches; The Island.Skellig Fiction Study.Seminal World Literature:Black American Experiences.

Enrichment opportunities are organised within our English curriculum. For example, our pupils take part in the 'Evesham Festival of Words'.

In 2017 one of our pupils won the Junior Prize for Poetry writing: What makes Evesham Special?

Walking through the orchard maze, strolling through the trees,
Seeing buds of blossom emerging from the leaves,
Capturing a breath of the calming country view,
Rolling hills with peaks beyond, a scene in place for you.
Breathing in the cool, damp air, a beautiful morning scene,
The Battle trail covered in a blanket of dewy sheen.
The Avon’s meandering ribbon flowing through the core,
Fields upon fields of rich asparagus galore,
Our moments of history give an ancient taste,
All of this and much more make our home a wonderful place!
Year 8 pupil, aged 13!

Writing assessments are based on the written evidence in student's work rather than through a writing test. This is considered to be a more accurate assessment and allows teachers to adapt their teaching to the immediate needs of their students.

In Key Stage three, every child has one dedicated reading lesson a week, focusing on a specific reading skill every half-term. 

English Interventions.

Quest - Yr 8 / Yr 6 buddy reading FLS - Further Literacy Support for Year 6 students.
Rapid Reading - aimed at improving the reading ages/comprehension of largely, Year 6 students. Rapid Read Plus - largely aimed at Year 7 and 8 students - aim: improve reading comprehension. 

Useful Websites.

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize - great revision tool.
www.phonicsplay.co.uk - spelling.
www.primaryresources.co.uk – fantastic source of KS2 resources.
www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/english - great revision tool for KS2 / KS3.
www.goanimate.com – students create animations including dialogue – can then listen to it and check that it sounds correct.

 


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