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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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Year 6 Lions have been practising reading skills focussing on expression. I think we are pretty amazing!! #dcpslions #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

Dragons have loved poetry week this week. After learning ‘On the Ning, Nang, Nong’ we made up our versions of the poem. We then had a go at learning them off by heart and had a lovely afternoon on Friday sharing our poems with year 1. #dcpsdragon #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Year 3 have been to visit our children in early years this morning to share our ebooks with them. We wrote our poems and designed and made our own books so we were super proud to show them off. The children in eyfs really enjoyed hearing our poems.
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Giraffes have been performing poems using actions, and writing our own cinquain poems as part of our poetry week! #dcpsgiraffe #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Giraffes have been performing poems using actions, and writing our own cinquain poems as part of our poetry week! #dcpsgiraffe #dcpsenglish #dcpscoreImage attachmentImage attachment

Year 6 Lions have kick started the new year looking at poetry! We have been looking at what makes an effective poem and performed one of our favourites. We did an AMAZING job!! #dcpsenglish #dcpslion Mrs Guy ... See MoreSee Less

Year 6 Lions have kick started the new year looking at poetry! We have been looking at what makes an effective poem and performed one of our favourites. We did an AMAZING job!! #dcpsenglish #dcpslion Mrs Guy ... See MoreSee Less

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Great! Well done 👍 Jessicas voice is always heard 😂

Aww love the giggling at the end well done all x

Well done all x

Briiliant x

Year 6 Lions have kick started the new year looking at poetry! We have been looking at what makes an effective poem and performed one of our favourites. We did an AMAZING job!! #dcpsenglish #dcpslion Mrs Guy ... See MoreSee Less

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Well Done x

Marika Knox

Year 6 Lions have kick started the new year looking at poetry! We have been looking at what makes an effective poem and performed one of our favourites. We did an AMAZING job!! #dcpsenglish #dcpslion Mrs Guy ... See MoreSee Less

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Well Done x

Sam Cowling xx

Kerry Anne Stafford

Here is a sneak peak of one of our ebooks that we have created to share with reception
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Year 3 are working super hard on their poetry ebooks ready to share with nursery and reception tomorrow #dcpsenglish #dcpsturtle #dcpsict ... See MoreSee Less

The Dinos have written their own versions of Spike Milligan’s nonsense poem ‘On the Ning Nang Nong’ and can’t wait to practice performing them.
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The Dinos has performed our class poem ‘On The Ning Nang Nong ‘ by Spike Milligan ahead of writing our own versions.
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The Elephants chanting the poem ‘Isabel, Isabel’ which had lots of tricky beats in! #dcpsenglish #dcpscore #dcpselephant ... See MoreSee Less

Year 4 Elephants are loving Poetry Week. We started the week off by analysing a range of poems and forming an opinion on different types of poems. Today, we looked at the syllables within poems to practise the beat and rhythm! The children were amazing at clapping out the syllables and shouting the poems! #dcpsenglish #dcpscore #dcpselephant ... See MoreSee Less

Year 5 Dolphins have loved Poetry Week so far! Yesterday, we looked at different types of ballad poems that tell a story to the reader. We thought about what we enjoyed about the poems and which ones we liked the most. We then focused on the tragic ballad of ‘The Highwayman’. This afternoon, we prepared our performances of the poem, using intonation and volume to make our readings interesting. #dcpsdolphin #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

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Faye-marie Richardson

Dragons performing ‘On the Ning Nang Ning’ by Spike Milligan. We are now innovating the poem to create our versions and we’re looking forward to performing these later in the week. #dcpsdragon #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

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This is so cute

Catherine French, can u remember when I used to read you and Nicholas this nearly every night lol x

Clair Johnson

Dragons learning ‘On the Ning Nang Nong’ by Spike Milligan today. They enjoyed adding different sounds and actions to the poem. #dcpsdragon #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Year 5 Whales have continued working on our Ballad poems today, we reshearsed and then performed different stanzas from the poem to the rest of our year group changing the pace, volume and intonation in our voices. #dcpsenglish #dcpswhale #dcpslotc #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

The Dinos are loving poetry week and are in the throes of learning our class poem of ‘On the Ning Nang Nong’ by Spike Milligan. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Dragons getting into poetry week this week. Yesterday we listened to some nonsense poems and talked about what we liked and didn’t like about the poems. We then picked a poem we liked and practiced it to perform for the class. We thought hard about how to make our reading clearer. #dcpsdragon #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Year 3 loved practising and performing poetry as part of writing week #dcpsturtle #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

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How sweet! Well done both of you 😊

Year 3 loved practising and performing poetry as part of writing week #dcpsturtle #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

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Sonia Welsh

Ahhhhhh

Sarah Webster

Year 3 loved practising and performing poetry as part of writing week #dcpsturtle #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

Year 3 loved practising and performing poetry as part of writing week #dcpsturtle #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

Year 3 loved practising and performing poetry as part of writing week #dcpsturtle #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

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How cute xxx

Ross Kennedy

Year 3 loved practising and performing poetry as part of writing week #dcpsturtle #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

Year 3 loved practising and performing poetry as part of writing week #dcpsturtle #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

Year 3 loved practising and performing poetry as part of writing week #dcpsturtle #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

Year 3 loved practising and performing poetry as part of writing week #dcpsturtle #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

Year 6 Tigers have got off to a great start this year by looking at a range of poetry which uses personification to entertain the reader. We were able to think critically about each poem in order to decide on our favourite and then worked in groups to perform this poem. A great start to 2020! Miss Stephenson #DCPStiger #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

Year 5 Whales have had a great start to their poetry week where we are focussing on Ballad poems. We have analysed different poems, considered the narrative of the poem and have completed a guided reading session using the poem to help us answer questions about the meaning of what has happened. #dcpswhale #dcpsyear5 #dcpsenglish #dcpscore #dcpsict4learning ... See MoreSee Less

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