English develops children's ability to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.
At Merritts Brook children are enabled to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as of non-fiction and media texts. We develop our English skills in various ways including writing focus weeks, author visits, reading buddies, bug club, parent workshops and having our writing published.
We place emphasis on teaching the skills of writing through as many opportunities as possible and across the curriculum. We ensure that daily shared writing takes place so that the writing process is articulated and demonstrated to the children. Ideas are generated by the whole class in order to produce a quality piece of writing to share expectations of what good looks like. Through shared writing we teach the children how they can edit and improve their writing using VCOP - ( vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation).
In key stage one we follow the reading schemes from Letters and Sounds and Bug Club.
The new English Curriculum was implemented in September 2014. To find out more please click the link below
Guided reading sessions take place on a daily basis and children are encouraged to read for pleasure throughout the day. Each class also has a class reader which they enjoy reading together daily. All children have also been supplied with a password and username for the interactive reading site bugclub. Please encourage your child to log in as often as possible to help practise their reading and comprehension skills - www.bugclub.co.uk
Last year we also invested in a new online library system. Your child can now check the availability of books, reserve items and write reviews for books they have borrowed. They have all been issued with a username and login to access this from home.
Learning to spell is really important. Confidence in spelling allows children to write more freely and imaginatively. Spelling patterns, rules and strategies are taught in school. Here are some games or ideas you could try at home.
Classes develop their handwriting through taught sessions in school and through having regular handwriting homework.
World Book Day 2016
Take a look at some of the entries for our 'Book in a Box' competition - can you identify the book from the recreated scene in the box?
Writing Focus Week - September 2015
We had a very exciting week at Merritts Brook - a golden door appeared in the playground. This was the stimulus for lots of drama and creative writing. At the end of the week we shared our writing in a celebration assembly. Below are some pictures and presentations from the week.
Celebrating reading and writing:
Throughout the year we celebrate our love of reading and writing. Here are a 'taste' of some of the things that have happened:
Harry Potter Day 2015
We had a number of activities throughout the day and held a Harry Potter themed disco in the evening.
Poetry with Paul Cookson
Poet Paul Cookson returned in 2015 and led a workshop for each class, as well as entertaining the whole school in assembly by performing his poems.