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Please find some activities here to help you with English during the school closures. It would be amazing if you could use this time to write creatively and read, read, read!! 

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World Book Day 2020

On Thursday 5th March, Gledhow celebrated World Book Day. We all came dressed as our favourite book characters and the costumes looked fantastic! Prizes  were awarded for best costume in assembly. After school, the PSA organised some fantastic activities including book sales, cake stalls and reading in the library. A big thank you to everyone involved!


Find below our English statement of intent, our current English policy and information to support home learning. 


Our English Curriculum is taught in specific English lessons and through written work in other subjects across the curriculum. English lessons at Gledhow help our pupils to develop skills in reading and writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar, speaking and listening, phonics and handwriting.  At Gledhow, We endeavour to interest the children in their learning with a cross-curricular approach to writing. We expect children to write to the same standard in the foundation subjects as they do in English.To do this, we base our whole class text on their current Geography/History topic, which extends their learning opportunities beyond that particular subject area.

Books for Spring term:

'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson -  Seasons - Geography/Science (Year 1)

'Malala's Magic Pencil' by Malala Yousafzai -  Inspirational Woman - History (Year 2)

'Stone Age Boy' by Satoshi Kitamura - Stone Age - History (Year 3)

'The Abominables' by Eva Ibbotson- Mountains - Geography (Year 4)

'Running Wild' by Michael Morpurgo - Extreme Earth - Geography  (Year 5) 

'High Rise Mystery' by Sharna Jackson -  Crime and Punishment - History (Year 6)


In addition to this, children in EYFS and KS1 also have specific programmes of work in Phonics and throughout the school.  

Click here for more information about learning to Read at Gledhow.

Year 1 Reading

Children in Reception classes and Year 1 have important daily phonics lessons, Which give children the stepping stones to break down unknown words into readable chunks. Phonics is not the only reading method, but is a very useful tool for children trying to make sense of texts that they do not understand. The core reading scheme at Gledhow is Oxford Reading Tree, Big Cat Books and Songbirds. The core phonic scheme used is 'Letters and Sounds'.


At Gledhow the children from Nursery to Year 2 take part in regular Phonics sessions. We follow the structure of Letters and Sounds and interactive resources to support learning. During Phonics the children revisit sounds and words they have previously been taught. They are taught a new sound or word and practise reading and writing the sound or word. They apply their skills through activities such as matching games and independent writing activities.

In Nursery we have a focus on Phase 1 Phonics this helps us develop our listening skills. We do lots of our learning through rhymes, songs, using instruments and listening games.

In Reception we begin Phase 2 Phonics whilst continuing to revisit Phase 1 skills. During Phase 2 the children begin to learn letters and the sounds they make. We begin to read and write words and develop our independence with this. Through the Reception year and into Year 1 and 2 the children begin to progress through Phase 3, 4 and 5.

In Year 2 there is revision of alternative phonemes (sounds) and the children continue to have opportunities to apply their knowledge within their reading and writing.

Year 2 - Year 6 Reading

Reading comprehension in KS2 is taught during whole-class guided reading. Children have the opportunity to share their opinions of the text as a class. Their comprehension skills are then checked through comprehension questions based on their class text using 'Reading VIPERS'. 

VIPERS is a range of reading prompts based on the 2016 reading content domains found in the National Curriculum Test Framework documents which can be found online here: 


- Vocabulary 
- Inference 
- Predict
E - Explain 
R - Retrieve 
S - Summarise


We teach the Debbie Hepplewhite style of handwriting. Pupils develop fluent lines of correctly orientated letters throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Early development within Foundation Stage provides children with the opportunities to mark-make using a variety of materials. As the children progress through Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 they develop their fine-motor skills resulting in a comfortable pencil grip and the ability to form letters using the correct sequence of movements. By the end of Year 2 the children are expected to begin using joined handwriting. These skills are extended as the children move through Key Stage 2

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

Throughout the school children are expected to learn spellings appropriate to their age group. In Year 1, weekly spellings are linked to phonics teaching. We follow the ‘No Nonsense’ Spelling Scheme where children learn strategies to help them spell unfamiliar words. Homework based on the weekly rule is sent home for children to complete. Grammar and punctuation is taught during English lessons and sentence level work is linked to the class text where possible. Pupils are given opportunities to apply their spelling, punctuation and grammar skills in longer pieces of writing.

Narrative Texts

In studying narrative texts, children learn the structures of the different story styles that they encounter. They learn how to set the scene for each and how plot developments can be used to engage the reader before a conclusion is planned to bring the narrative to an engaging end.

Throughout school, children learn the 'rhythm' of different story styles and are taught to 'magpie' words, phrases and ideas that they like so that they can re-use them at a later point.

Children also study the grammatical structures used by writers and are helped to identify those that they should be aiming to include in their own work.


Poetry comes in many forms. Our curriculum teaches the children to recognise these different forms, and the effects that poets try to produce in the reader by using a range of different styles of poetry.

Also, our children learn how to read poetry and to write in similar styles to known poets when expressing themselves individually.

At Gledhow, we are able to use the genre of poetry to develop an understanding of many grammatical tools, which children then use across all of their writing as well as in poetry.

Non Fiction Texts

It is important that our children can access information texts throughout their curriculum work, so that research is not purely done on the internet. 

In studying non-fiction texts, children learn about the features to include in non fiction writing and how to use this knowledge when writing, reading or researching.

Children learn how the style of writing in non fiction texts varies; they read many such books in their studies in order to extend their understanding of a wide variety of themes and concepts.

Writing Skills

In Key Stages 1 and 2 we use the National Curriculum  to outline a clear sequence for the teaching of skills-based writing (shared, guided, modelled and independent writing). Pupils are provided with an engaging whole class text as a basis for producing their own writing. Pupils develop their punctation, grammar and spelling skills through sentence level work linked with the class text where possible.  They are given opportunities to write for a range of purposes and audiences, adapting their language and style according to purpose.

Speaking and Listening

Pupils at Gledhow are given ample opportunites to develop their speaking and listening skills through activities including but not limited to: group discussions, presenting, performing, debates, drama/role play and speaking and listening tasks.

Promoting a Love of Writing!

There has been lots of fantastic writing work going on in school this term. We wanted to showcase all of our super star writers from Nursery to Year 6 by displaying their wonderful work in the main entrance in school. In addition to this, there will be a 'Wow Writing Wall' in every classroom. This is changed fortnightly and this will show five pieces of extra-special written work from across the curriculum. We thought we had so many wonderful writers that we have started to award one child a week a 'Star Writer' certificate in celebration assembly - do keep an eye out for these coming home! 

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