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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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A huge thank you!

Last week, we hosted our annual Travelling Book Fair and raised our highest total yet - an AMAZING £714.73!!

This means that we receive £368 back in rewards to spend on new books to use in school, and as home readers.

Thank you to everyone who came along to support our book fair - I hope you are all enjoying your new reads!

Now, to go shopping for more books... yippee!
Miss Stephenson

#dcpsenglish
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A huge thank you! 

Last week, we hosted our annual Travelling Book Fair and raised our highest total yet - an AMAZING £714.73!!

This means that we receive £368 back in rewards to spend on new books to use in school, and as home readers.

Thank you to everyone who came along to support our book fair - I hope you are all enjoying your new reads! 

Now, to go shopping for more books... yippee! 
Miss Stephenson

#dcpsenglish

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Well done to us man that is fab and over moon how much we got woohoo xxx

This week in Nursery we have continued to explore the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We have learnt all about plants and what they need to grow by growing our own beanstalks! Check out more pictures on our seesaw app. #dcpscaterpillar #dcspscience #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

We are studying Information Texts in our new English unit. Over the last couple of days we have been learning about the importance of headings and sub headings. We had a go at finding them in books and sorting information into sections so it makes sense. #dcpsdragons #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

The BOOK FAIR has arrived!

Come along to browse the collection in our school hall from 3.20-4.00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week!

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Hope to see you all there! #dcpsenglish
Miss Stephenson
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Year 3 have been using their fact finding skills to gather information about volcanoes. We LAVA it!
#dcpslizards #dcpsyear3 #dcpsenglish
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This week Nursery have been exploring the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. Check out the giants castle we have created! We have also been baking delicious biscuits! See seesaw app for more photos #dcpscaterpillar. #dcpsdt #dcpsenglish #dcpsart ... See MoreSee Less

Year 3 have had a great afternoon yesterday at the North Tyneside Reading Festival. We met Liz Million who taught us some of our top tips for illustrations, had chance to explore the emotions of characters in different books and took part in the invisible string challenge. We have thoroughly enjoyed it all. Mrs Clarke #dcpslizard #dcpsenglish #dcpslotc #dcpspshe ... See MoreSee Less

Year 5 had a great afternoon at the North Tyneside Reading Festival. We took part in a range of different workshops including meeting the poet, Colin Trenholme. Some of us even had an opportunity to chill out and read in the secret reading room. #dcpsdolphin #dcpswhale #dcpsenglish #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less

Year 3 have had a great afternoon at the North Tyneside Reading Festival. We met Liz Million who taught us some of our top tips for illustrations, had chance to explore the emotions of characters in different books and even took time to read in the dark! We have thoroughly enjoyed it all. Mrs Gulston #dcpsturtle #dcpsenglish #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less

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