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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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The Dinos took on an editing challenge this morning, looking through their hot write for errors and correcting them. It’s a great skill to have. We may have some future authors in our midst. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Look at the presentation of our Hot Writes! This week, the Year 6 Tigers have been writing up their explanation texts about the circulatory system. They have spent the last few weeks learning about the genre, drafting and editing their work, so it was lovely to see the final results.

I have been blown away with the quality of writing and attention to detail presentation of these pieces of writing. #dcpscore #DCPStiger #dcpsstem #dcpsenglish #dcpspshe
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The year 6 Tigers have begun their oracy unit this week in English. We began by playing some oracy games where discussions got a little heated when the statements ‘Homework should be given each night’ and ‘From tomorrow, all sweets are banned’ were posed to them. We have started research into the Industrial Revolution and George Stephenson which will be the basis for our spoken outcome next week. #dcpscore #dcpsenglish #dcpstiger #dcpsreading #dcpshistory #dcpstopic ... See MoreSee Less

Year 4 Giraffes have been using their summering skills today to create a tweet! We had to read our poem WAGOLL and then summarise the main points using only 280 characters like you get for a tweet, it was hard work to get all the ideas to fit but we persevered and managed to do it! #dcpsgiraffe #dcpsenglish #dcpsreading #dcpsdetermined #dcpsnetworkers #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

The Panda Class have been working on their Oracy skills in English this week. Oracy focuses on children’s speaking skills and aims to build up confidence for public speaking. Our Oracy project was to create an advert to sell our cars that we built in DT. The children worked in trios to discuss, plan and record their adverts. Here is an amazing example of what we achieved. #dpcspanda #dcpsenglish #dcpsoracy #dcpsdt #dcpscore #dcpsdetermined #dcpsnetworkers ... See MoreSee Less

This week the full time nursery children were set the challenge to plan a party for Olly the Octopus (our class puppet). The children did some amazing writing as we wrote a list of everything we needed to do in order to throw him the best party ever! We made Olly birthday cards and baked him some delicious cakes. I was amazed at our careful counting as we pointed to each candle as we counted the candles on our playdough cakes as we tried to guess what age he was and all enjoyed Olly’s birthday party today. #dcpseyfs #dcpscaterpillar #dcps30hours #dcpsmaths #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

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Year 6 Tigers began their Bridges DT unit last week by doing some independent research into bridge design, purpose and history. They were able to find some interesting facts about some of the oldest bridge styles and even found out information about a famous engineer who is well known for his work in bridge design. Today, they began investigating with some of the key features of bridges by testing the strength of different shaped pillars. #DCPStiger #dcpscore #dcpsenglish #dcpsdt #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less

Monday morning motivation! Determined to improve their handwriting…done! ✅ #determined 💪#dcpscore #DCPStiger #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

Monday morning motivation! Determined to improve their handwriting…done! ✅ #determined 💪#dcpscore #dcpstiger #dcpsenglish

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Well done Alex, super proud of you and everyone else who are doing amazing things in School xx

Well done Alex great work son

Well done Mason 💙

Well done. Clever lads xx

Well done Alex amazing work so proud of you xxxx

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Determined to improve their handwriting. One of them was even writing with broken fingers! #determined #brave #dcpsenglish💪🎖💜🌈🥰 ... See MoreSee Less

Determined to improve their handwriting. One of them was even writing with broken fingers! #determined #brave #dcpsenglish💪🎖💜🌈🥰

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