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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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Year One Polar Bears had a great morning researching facts about alligators. They used a variety resources including; information texts, diagrams and factual videos. They blew me away with their fact finding skills.

Well done to all of the Polar Bears!

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Year 1 are going to be writing an information text all about alligators as their next piece of writing in English. Today we used our time to explore alligators using the internet and information leaflets. The children wrote all of their ideas down on big pieces of paper to share with the rest of the class. Fantastic work, Pandas. #dcpspanda #dcpsenglish #dcpsictforlearning ... See MoreSee Less

Elephants are working so hard on their hot writes this morning. We have been looking adventure stories and thinking about our use of adjectives, speech and suspense to make our stories more exciting. I am looking forward to reading them! #dcpselephant #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Elephants had a go at their editing skills today. We were editing our innovated adventure stories, perfecting our skills ready for our hot write later this week. We thought really carefully about our punctuation, spelling and improving our vocabulary to make our work even more exciting. It was tricky, but we did a great job. #dcpselephant #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Year 3 are using their investigative skills to become super sleuth journalists today. We are finding out facts about Earthquakes to support our newspaper article writing.
#dcpsyear3 #dcpslizard #dcpsenglish #dcpsgeography #dcpstopic #dcpscore #dcpsict
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Today the Dinos have had a go at editing a piece of text, correcting spelling mistakes and punctuation. It’s tricky stuff but we gave it a good go.
#dcpsdinosaur #dcpsenglish #dcpscore
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Today the Dinos wrote a diary entry about their mystery book, describing how Cementland has transformed from a dull and lifeless place into a world of dazzling colour. We used our 5 senses to describe what it would be like for him. #dcpsdinosaur #dcpsenglish #dcpscore ... See MoreSee Less

Year 3 have been looking at the difference between facts and opinions and learning about the importance of using facts when writing a newspaper article.
#dcpsyear3 #dcpslizard #dcpsliteracy #dcpsenglish #dcpscore
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Year 6 are enjoying their work around the book, ‘The Explorer’. This week we have been boxing up our writing and looking at examples of features throughout the text. #dcpslions #dcpscore #dcpsenglish ... See MoreSee Less

Year 6 are enjoying their work around the book, ‘The Explorer’. This week we have been boxing up our writing and looking at examples of features throughout the text. #dcpslions #dcpscore #dcpsenglishImage attachmentImage attachment

This morning, the year 6 Tigers evaluated the impact of our WAGOLL on the reader. We thought about the effect that features such as emotive language and descriptive language have on us as the reader and identified examples from the text. We then recapped on our class novel ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell.

We are loving this class novel and can’t wait each day to read the next chapter.
Miss Stephenson #dcpstiger #dcpsenglish #dcpsreadingforpleasure #dcpscore
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