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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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We have been building up our vocabulary bank in Year 5 by using the Descriptosaurus books to find exciting phrases that we plan to use within our hot write - an Anglo-Saxon legend. We have had to think really carefully about how we can describe our hero and villain characters in order to create an image in the reader’s mind. #dcpsdolphin #dcpscore #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

The Whales have been using the descriptosaurus books in English to help them to describe their hero and villain characters for their Anglo-Saxon legends. They have been working hard to use exciting vocabulary and include ‘show not tell’ description. Miss Chambers can’t wait to read them! #dcpswhale #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Year 6 were using their English skills in order to find out information about Amelia Earhart, run as fast as they could and share the facts with their team. They are using their teamwork skills to create a presentation to share with the class. Thank you to Phoebe for being our official photographer. #dcpslion #dcpscore #dcpspe #dcpstopic #dcpshistory #dcpsenglish #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less

Elephants are working really hard on their hot writes this morning. They are writing newspaper report about the Battle of Troy, trying to include as many facts as possible. #dcpselephant #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

On Friday, year 3 had a live session with author Paul Cookson. He was really funny and we got to join in with his poetry.
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Elephants are flying with their English unit. Today we were reordering mixed up newspaper reports. We knew we had to read them carefully to check they make sense. Great work Elephants! #dcpselephant #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

This week, Year 6 have enjoyed a virtual author visit with Ross Mackenzie who is the author of The Nowhere Emporium and Shadowsmith. This was part of the Northern Children’s Book Festival. We were able to listen to him talk about his childhood and what inspired him to become an author as well as his career as an award winning author. He read us some of his book and then gave us the opportunity to ask him some questions about his books and his career. It was a great session and we are all excited to read some more of his work. Miss Stephenson #dcpsenglish #dcpscore #dcpstiger #dcpslion ... See MoreSee Less

This week, Year 6 have enjoyed a virtual author visit with Ross Mackenzie who is the author of The Nowhere Emporium and Shadowsmith. This was part of the Northern Children’s Book Festival. We were able to listen to him talk about his childhood and what inspired him to become an author as well as his career as an award winning author. He read us some of his book and then gave us the opportunity to ask him some questions about his books and his career. It was a great session and we are all excited to read some more of his work. Miss Stephenson #dcpsenglish #dcpscore #dcpstiger #dcpslionImage attachment

Year 1 Polar Bears have been working so hard at home, completing all of their home learning. We are so proud of them!

Well done Polar Bears 🙂

#dcpspolarbear #dcpsenglish #dcpsmaths #dcpsre #dcpspe
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Year 1 Panda class have been completing some FANTASTIC home learning. This is only a small fraction of the work that is being submitted. We are so proud of you! #dcpspanda #dcpsmaths #dcpsenglish #dcpsre #dcpspe #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less

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