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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 guided reading sessions in which the children are probed on their understanding of a text and its grammatical features. Reading is heavily interwoven through genre studies where children look at good examples of the text type and read as a reader and a writer to better understand the skills and writing techniques needed to be successful in their writing. 

In KS2, children continue to build on their reading skills through structured whole class reading sessions which introduce children to a range of text types (both fiction and non-fiction) that link to other areas of the curriculum, 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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This morning Y2 were looking at common exception words. We practiced reading the words then played a memory game to see if we could remember what the words were and which one was missing. Naturally we ramped up the challenge by having to spell the missing word correctly without looking at it to win a point. Fantastic learning all round. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsdragon #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Today Y2 were all about taking their learning outside (it’s a shame we picked the chilliest day of the term so far to do it but the children showed off their resilience and braved the elements regardless). We started our morning with applying our learning about adding two numbers together using a column method to playing a game. We had to add the scores together to find out who won the game. This afternoon we practiced our spellings by challenging our partner to spell a word using water and paintbrushes. Not only great fun but it really got us thinking about using the spelling patterns we knew to spell a different word. Fantastic learning from all the Dinos. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsmaths #dcpsenglish #dcpslotc #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Today Y2 were all about taking their learning outside (it’s a shame we picked the chilliest day of the term so far to do it but the children showed off their resilience and braved the elements regardless). We started our morning with applying our learning about adding two numbers together using a column method to playing a game. We had to add the scores together to find out who won the game. This afternoon we practiced our spellings by challenging our partner to spell a word using water and paintbrushes. Not only great fun but it really got us thinking about using the spelling patterns we knew to spell a different word. Fantastic learning from all the Dinos. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsmaths #dcpsenglish #dcpslotc #dcpscoreImage attachment

Year 1 have been asking and answering questions in English. We even had a visit from the Big Bad Wolf! Watch the video to see how scary he was! #dcpsyear1 #dcpsenglish #dcpsoracy ... See MoreSee Less

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Here are some of our year 3 children learning about speech and practising how to use inverted commas correctly#dcpsturtle #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Here are some of our year 3 children learning about speech and practising how to use inverted commas correctly#dcpsturtle #dcpsenglish #dcpscoreImage attachmentImage attachment

Elephants have been working on their tenses this week. We worked hard to sort verbs into the past and present tense, we then applied our knowledge to play a game and see if we could beat our friend to the finish! #dcpselephant #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Year 4 Giraffes have been busy today thinking about our tenses. We were able to apply our knowledge of past and present tense to play a game, we had to try and beat our partners while changing the tense of verbs from past to present tense! #dcpsgiraffe #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

The Dinos love using the Kaligo app to practice their letter and number formations. We will be joining our writing using a cursive style in no time. Great enthusiasm.
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Today Y2 explored compound words and how they are made up of two smaller words. They loved matching them up to make new words. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsdragon #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

We have been learning all about giving instructions in Literacy for the past few weeks and the importance of using imperative verbs. The Dinos created their own imperative verb game them enjoyed playing each other’s. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

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