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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.

Look at our star writer! He wrote a fantastic adventure story for his hot write, complete with similes, show don’t tell, adjectives and speech. It was so exciting. He even read it to our year 6 class. #dcpsenglish #dcpsyear3 #dcpslizards ... See MoreSee Less

Look at our star writer! He wrote a fantastic adventure story for his hot write, complete with similes, show don’t tell, adjectives and speech. It was so exciting. He even read it to our year 6 class. #dcpsenglish #dcpsyear3 #dcpslizardsImage attachment

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Omg hes amazing well done kieran u make us all very proud , theres no end to his talents, thankyou for sharing leanne xx

Lady-Steph Johnson, Laura Appleby,

Leanne Nicholson

Omg he looks so grown up, well done Kieran xxx

Lynn Mclain

Nursery had a great time during our stay and play sessions this week. We created musical instruments, Easter crafts and the even the parents joined in with our drumming session. We explored how drumming can help us to count, find syllables, tap out rhythms and develop our listening skills. #dcpsmusic. #dcpscaterpillar #dcpsenglish #dcpsmaths ... See MoreSee Less

Well done to all of our DAPA superstars who put on an amazing performance of Charlie and the chocolate factory today. The children played their roles brilliantly. Mrs clarke
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#dcpslizards #dcpsturtles #dcpselephants #dcpsgiraffes #dcpswhales #dcpsdolphins #dcpslions #dcpstigers #dcpsyear3 #dcpsyear4 #dcpsyear5 #dcpsyear6
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amazing show ! All kids done fab ! x

a great show 👍🏻

Fandabbydosey! Fantastic stuff. Well done!

The children were amazing! Lots of hard work paid off for all involved, well done everyone! 👏👏

They were all fantastic, well done xx

Fantastic show ! Very professional well done everyone 😊Natalie Elizabeth xxx

Well done to all of the children they did so well !!

It was absolutely brilliant well done everyone 👏

Well done to all of the students they done a fantastic job

Marika Knox Kerry Anne Stafford x

What a beautiful day we had today so the dinos took advantage of the sunshine to do a spot of learning outside the classroom. Who doesn’t love a contractions scavenger hunt in the sun? We are quite the experts now. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpslotc #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

Year 5 have been carrying out lots of practical maths and impressing Mrs Hammill with their understanding of fractions, decimals and percentages. Even more impressive is that we haven’t even learnt about percentages yet (that’s next week) but we have used our knowledge from our Accelerated Reader quizzes to help us understand how percentages link to fractions! #dcpswhales #dcpsdolphins #dcpsmaths #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

Dragons had a lovely morning, showing off their handwriting skills and times tables knowledge to their parents. After all that brain work we wowed them with our Go Noodle moves! #dcpsdragons #dcpsmaths #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

Dragons had a lovely morning, showing off their handwriting skills and times tables knowledge to their parents. After all that brain work we wowed them with our Go Noodle moves! #dcpsdragons #dcpsmaths #dcpsenglishImage attachment

The dinos loved showing off their handwriting and times table knowledge to their parents this morning. Of course we had to fit in a GoNoodle.
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The dinos loved showing off their handwriting and times table knowledge to their parents this morning. Of course we had to fit in a GoNoodle. 
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More superb acting on Friday. #dcpswhales #dcpsdolphins #dcpsenglish #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less

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Some of our acting skills from Friday’s workshop #dcpswhales #dcpsdolphins #dcpsenglish #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less

After watching the performance on Friday, the Year 5s had a drama workshop from the cast of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. They got to find out about the process of writing the show, getting the costumes and how to change so quickly, tried out the lighting system, worked the microphones and tried some acting of their own. They really enjoyed it. #dcpswhales #dcpsdolphins #dcpsenglish #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less

The children are enjoying watching a performance of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’. We all wish we could go and visit Narnia!! #dcpsenglish #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less

The children are enjoying watching a performance of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’. We all wish we could go and visit Narnia!! #dcpsenglish #dcpslotcImage attachment

Dragons using their editing skills this morning, reading and redrafting their hot writes. They loved using their green pens and being the teacher. #dcpsdragons #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

The dinos are working together to edit and redraft their hot write. They love getting their hands on the green “teacher” pens.
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Dragons journey story ‘hot write’ today. We were using the skills we have learned to make our writing exciting. We also made sure we used our toolkits to help with our writing. #dcpsdragons #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

Year 5 have had a great afternoon outdoors reading a map, finding the QR code, answering questions about the Vikings and working as a team. Superb outdoor learning. #dcpslotc #dcpsgeography #dcpshistory #dcpspe #dcpsenglish #dcpsict4learning #dcpsict #dcpswhales #dcpsdolphins ... See MoreSee Less

Year 5 have had a great afternoon outdoors reading a map, finding the QR code, answering questions about the Vikings and working as a team. Superb outdoor learning. #dcpslotc #dcpsgeography #dcpshistory #dcpspe #dcpsenglish #dcpsict4learning #dcpsict #dcpswhales #dcpsdolphins
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