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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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Dragons enjoying their new literacy unit on information leaflets. We are currently looking at lots of examples to find the features. Lots of amazing speaking and listening going on. #dcpsdragon #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

The Dinos are having a great time this morning finding the features of informational leaflets #dcpsdinosaur #dcpscore #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

The Y4 Elephants have had a fantastic and inspiring morning at Live Tales. The children had the opportunity to write creatively and bring our characters to life. We even had an illustrator creating our characters whilst we gave details! Thank you Live Tales! #dcpselephant #dcpsenglish #dcpscore #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less

Dragons love their reading area. Bean bags, carpet, a tent and most importantly lots of lovely books. What’s not to love?! #dcpsdragon #dcpsenglish #dcpscore #dcpsreadingforpleasure ... See MoreSee Less

Dragons love their reading area. Bean bags, carpet, a tent and most importantly lots of lovely books. What’s not to love?! #dcpsdragon #dcpsenglish #dcpscore #dcpsreadingforpleasureImage attachment

Year 3 have been using our enterprising skills to start up our own dog selling business. We were put into teams and had to decide jobs for each member. These included making dogs, selling dogs, buying materials and treasurer. We had to give Mrs clarke a sales pitch to buy our dogs and convince her to pay as much money for them as we can get. We also had to buy the materials to make the dogs so we had to manage our budget because the team with the most money won! Check out one of our sales pitches!
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Year 3 have been using our enterprising skills to start up our own dog selling business. We were put into teams and had to decide jobs for each member. These included making dogs, selling dogs, buying materials and treasurer. We had to give Mrs clarke a sales pitch to buy our dogs and convince her to pay as much money for them as we can get. We also had to buy the materials to make the dogs so we had to manage our budget because the team with the most money won! #dcpsyear3 #dcpslizard #dcpsmaths #dcpspshe #dcpscore #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

Year 3 had a fantastic time on world book day yesterday we loved dressing up, our book tasting session, learning about Billionaire Boy and strutting our stuff on the catwalk. #dcpsturtle #dcpsenglish #worldbookday ... See MoreSee Less

For World Book Day, year 4 giraffes began their day by looking at the story ‘The Journey’. To their surprise it had no words! We predicted what was happening in the story by using our inference skills, before writing our own version of the story. We made sure to use interesting and adventurous vocabulary to sound just like authors! We then had the opportunity to do some book tasting in the hall, where we all found books that we are very excited to read soon! #dcpsgiraffe #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Year 5 enjoyed their book tasting session this morning, looking at a selection of brand new books from a range of different genres. We filled in book reviews for each one that we ‘tasted’ and thought carefully about whether we would like to continue with the book and read on further. #dcpsdolphin #dcpswhale #dcpsenglish #dcpscore #PuffinWorldOfStories ... See MoreSee Less

World Book Day in Dolphins showing off lots of new and interesting vocabulary. We spent the morning creating a huge word bank to describe a haunted setting which we then used in our descriptive writing. #dcpsdolphin #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Take a look at the Elephants in their World Book Day costumes... Amazing! #dcpsenglish #dcpscore #dcpselephant ... See MoreSee Less

Here are some of our pictures from the Polar Bear photographer. #dcpspolarbear #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

Year 1 Polar Bears had a fantastic world book day, packed full of stories and activities to do with new vocabulary. #dcpspolarbear #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

We have been lucky enough to have received some amazing books from Puffin and today we have spent some time browsing our new collection. Year 6 loved their morning of Book Tasting! Looking at front covers, reading the blurbs and dipping into some pages left them wanting more! Miss Stephenson #dcpsenglish #DCPStiger #dcpslion #puffinworldofstories ... See MoreSee Less

Year 6 Tigers have had a fantastic day today celebrating World Book Day. We have been focused on broadening our vocabulary to link in with our writing on The Hobbit. Miss Stephenson #DCPStiger #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

Year 1 Panda class had a great World a book Day. We explored vocabulary and books all day and completed some fantastic activities. Our word of the week is dancing. Look at our work! #dcpspanda #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

Dragons have had a lovely world book day. We have been creating our own lands and describing them using a variety of adjectives. Some very impressive vocabulary in class today. #dcpsdragon #dcpsenglish #dcpscore #worldbookday ... See MoreSee Less

Lion class have had an excellent morning this World Book Day looking at vocabulary. We’ve been thinking about words and their meaning. We’ve loved it!! #dcpslions #dcpsenglish #puffinworldofstories ... See MoreSee Less

Lion class have had an excellent morning this World Book Day looking at vocabulary. We’ve been thinking about words and their meaning. We’ve loved it!! #dcpslions #dcpsenglish #puffinworldofstories

Year 3 have been having a fantastic time book tasting a range of different texts.
We reviewed books we liked and found some delicious WOW vocabulary in the books.
#dcpsyear3 #puffinworldofstories #dcpslizard #dcpscore #dcpsenglish #worldbookday
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