Bishopstone Church Of England Primary School

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English - A child’s ability to communicate is vital to all aspects of their learning

English as a subject cuts across all areas of the curriculum, but we also plan for english-specific learning every day in school, in line with the expectations of The National Curriculum for English.

The aim is for all Bishopstone children to be confident and enthusiastic speakers, readers and writers.  We provide a broad range of daily activities for children to practice their speaking listening, reading and writing skills. Included in this provision are opportunities for public-speaking and drama activities as well as reading and writing in different styles and for different purposes. 

A home reading scheme is operated from Reception through to Year 6, whereby children bring home books to share with their families each week. Children choose books that have been banded (Oxford Reading Tree) but are supplemented from a variety of additional schemes.  As well as fostering reading, this gives the school and parents a regular way of communicating about their child’s reading. Children in Rec/Yr1/Yr2 should be reading daily, for 20 minutes to an adult – this can be their reading book or other reading matter from home e.g. comic, recipe, online. They will change their books as they complete them. If you wish your child to change their books more often please discuss this with the teacher. At Bishopstone we promote fluency alongside comprehension. 

To assist the children with learning to read and write we use 'Letters and Sounds' - the phonics resource from the DfE.  This is taught from Reception.

In KS2 they change their own book as they need to, having access to a wide range of up-to-date and more traditional books in the school library.  Many children also follow a particular author, collecting and reading those books from home.

Handwriting - The school follows the 'Penpals' Scheme of handwriting throughout the school.  For more information please go to the website - click here and more detailed information can be read in the school handwriting policy.

Parent information document detailing Penpals - click here

Teaching groups

Children are split into three classes for English lessons in the morning:

  • Reception/Year 1/Year 2 - Miss Pearson
  • Year 3/4 - Miss Lindsay
  • Year 5/6 - Mrs Morris  

From the DfE - spelling overview from Reception through to Year 6, including spelling lists, click here:

"This appendix provides examples of words embodying each pattern which is taught. Many of the words listed as ‘example words’ for years 1 and 2, including almost all those listed as ‘exception words’, are used frequently in pupils’ writing, and therefore it is worth pupils learning the correct spelling. The ‘exception words’ contain GPCs which have not yet been taught as widely applicable, but this may be because they are applicable in very few age- appropriate words rather than because they are rare in English words in general.

The word-lists for years 3 and 4 and years 5 and 6 are statutory. The lists are a mixture of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those which they often misspell." 

Reading is fun and an adventure . . follow this link to find booklists for children . . . .

Thank you to those parents who completed the Reading Survey - June 2019.  We have used this to alter our use of reading diaries and deepen our knowledge of how much children are reading at home.  Please click here for the results. 

Year 5/6 take part in the annual 'Swindon Literacy Festival' at Ridgeway and get to meet and interact with a wide range of authors.  We also encourage book authors and signings to come into school.  Our current author was booked for July 2020 and had to be postponed due to Covid19.

Education is more than filling a child with facts. It starts with posing questions. - D.T. Max