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English @ Denbigh CPS

Subject Lead: Miss Stephenson

The English curriculum at Denbigh strives to equip children with the reading and writing skills that they will need to succeed in, and beyond their school years. We use a variety of teaching and learning skills to support our children’s learning throughout the English curriculum which encompasses reading, grammar, spelling and punctuation as well as composition of written texts. Our staff aim to enthuse and inspire a love of English through relevant texts, exciting writing opportunities (which lead to a real-life outcomes, such as presenting their work on the School Radio, or uploading their work to Seesaw so that other children can read it) and through genre based studies.

A genre based study allows our children to build a solid knowledge of different text types; building on this knowledge each year through the introduction of new language features and presentational devices. With a few consecutive weeks being spent on each text type, the children have a good base to then show off their skills through HOT writes which follow after each genre study.

A cross curricular approach to English is in place to allow children have the opportunity to apply the skills learned in English lessons through other areas, such as STEM, Topic, Art, DT etc. Educational trips (writing events, library visits, author events and cinema trips) work alongside our English curriculum to support the teaching and learning, and give children real-life experiences to draw on in their writing.

In KS1, children learn to read using the Read, Write, Inc. phonics scheme alongside whole-class daily Guided Reading sessions in which the children are probed on their understanding of a text and its grammatical features. In KS2, children continue to build on their reading skills through structured Guided Reading sessions which teach key skills and probe children’s understanding. Alongside this, we use Accelerated Reader to give children the opportunity to delve into new books independently whilst building reading speed and fluency.

Throughout all strands of English, ICT is used to engage, enthuse, present and document the children’s learning.

Staff at Denbigh know that good English occurs in our school when:

  • It is led by the children, interests them and is memorable to them.
  • Children are talking, laughing, engaged and enjoying English through a range of interactive and practical activities.
  • Children are actively involved in their own learning, asking questions, looking for the answers and planning their own writing.
  • English is differentiated and inclusive with children making progress throughout the lesson and genre study.
  • Good quality assessment and Assessment for Learning is used to inform planning and builds on children’s prior learning.
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The Elephants loved taking their English lesson outside the classroom this week! To help us describe our winter setting, we described the cold outside using our senses. We had some amazing ideas and can’t wait to use them in our description! #dcpselephant #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Dragons had a lovely end to their week listening to a Christmas story read by one of their classmates. We imagined we were sat in front of a warm, cosy fire and enjoyed the story very much! #dcpsdragon #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

Dragons had a lovely end to their week listening to a Christmas story read by one of their classmates. We imagined we were sat in front of a warm, cosy fire and enjoyed the story very much! #dcpsdragon #dcpsenglishImage attachment

Year 4 Elephants spent some time reading #goldilocks to learn about social media, online safety and content. We were hooked and the children gave some amazing advice to #Goldilocks so that she can be safe and responsible online. We loved getting involved in the activities on the poster! #dcpselephant #dcpsict #dcpscore #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

Year 4 Elephants spent some time reading #Goldilocks to learn about social media, online safety and content. We were hooked and the children gave some amazing advice to #Goldilocks so that she can be safe and responsible online. We loved getting involved in the activities on the poster! #dcpselephant #dcpsict #dcpscore #dcpsenglish

The Elephants loved analysing a winter setting description today. To help us understand the vocabulary from the description, we focused on a word’s meaning, word class and then applied it to a sentence of our own. We used our tables to help us write all of this down which will help us draft our own winter setting description! #dcpselephant #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Today, the Tigers have begun their new genre focus in English which has a wintry theme - the Christmas jumpers helped to get us into the Christmas spirit! We loved using a slow write structure to kick start our unit. Miss Stephenson #dcpsenglish #DCPStiger ... See MoreSee Less

Yesterday, year 6 Tigers were writing up their hot write newspaper articles which were based on our class text ‘Street Child’. We were able to include eye witness reports and passive structures to ensure that our articles were as realistic as possible. Miss Stephenson #dcpstiger #dcpsenglish #dcpsict ... See MoreSee Less

Last week, year 3 took part in an anti bullying workshop with the team from Bigfoot.
We looked at different scenarios and talked about how we could help others.
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Year 3 have been discussing appropriate content to share online and seeking permission. We used the book #goldilocks to start our conversation and tried some of the activities together
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Year 3 have been talking about community and citizenship in our PSHE unit. We talked about what makes a good citizen and how we can help our community. We presented our ideas to the class
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Year 3 have been working hard on their editing skills in our English lesson. They were working in pairs to read aloud, check each other’s work and give each other feedback to improve their writing.
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Year 5 Dolphins have been thinking carefully about their vocabulary choices today and how these will affect the reader. We created a HUGE word bank of interesting phrases that we plan to use to describe our hero and villain in our own version of an Anglo-Saxon legend. #dcpsdolphin #dcpsenglish #dcpscore #dcpsict ... See MoreSee Less

Year 5 Whales have been working hard this morning, we completed a word grab using our descriptosaurus to help us find exciting ways to describe our hero’s and mythical beasts for our new legend tales. #dcpswhale #dcpsenglish #dcpscore #dcpsict4learning ... See MoreSee Less

The Elephants have been getting their trunks stuck into conjunctions! We have been looking at conjunctions to express time and cause. To help us, we had to match the sentences and identify the conjunction #dcpsenglish #dcpselephant #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

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