Welcome to the English section of the SJA website. We have a big focus on English within the school to continue to drive our children’s enthusiasm and talents in this area. Every morning, children in each class take part in guided reading, Grammar Geek and an English lesson. Our English units of work link as closely as possible to our topic for each term, engaging and inspiring children throughout their work.
At SJA, we have a big focus on reading and take part in lots of reading events. Our most recent reading events have included: World Book Day, a Bedtime Story event and a sponsored read in conjunction with Usborne Books.
We use a mixture of reading schemes to promote extending pupil’s reading skills by allowing access to a variety of reading materials including: Pearson’s Bug Club, Oxford Reading Tree, and Project X. Other children are free readers and are given access to a range of genre books to read and enjoy at home and school. Children have access to the school’s library daily at lunchtime which is run by Mrs Sharman, Miss Filby and some Year 6 volunteers.
During our guided reading sessions we use Reading Vipers to scaffold discussions and promote the children’s understanding of the key reading domains as outlined in the National Curriculum. In addition to guided reading, classes have dedicated reading time. We aim for every child to read to an adult in school at least once a fortnight. We welcome reading volunteers in our school and, at present, we have three dedicated volunteers who come in each week to read with our children. Every class has a reading challenge, where the children can earn Dojos and prizes for reading. The more they read, the more likely they are to win the term’s prize.
Websites to support reading at home:
https://www.booksfortopics.com/ has a wide range of useful suggestions for books linking to different themes and topics.
https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/ has age appropriate book suggestions and reading lists for each year group. This can help with free readers for books at home.
https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/ has a range of texts and sample texts.
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/ has great resources and free books to enjoy. The website can be accessed on pc and tablets.
At SJA we have changed the way we complete writing. Our English units of work link as closely as possible to our topic for each term. For each unit of learning, we select a key text that links to our topic for the term. We then use this text as a support and scaffold for our learners. Each lesson is designed to provide challenge and support so that every learner can achieve their best. The children produce a ‘cold write’ at the beginning of a unit and a ‘hot write’ at the end. This is so that they can see the progress they have made and enables them to celebrate achievements in their writing. Our units are driven by the key text, analysing
Grammar is very important in English, so at SJA we dedicate the first 10 minutes of every English lesson (5 minutes answering the questions and 5 minutes going through the answers) to grammar. We call this 'Grammar Geek'. There are 4 or 5 questions for all children to attempt and they increase in difficulty so every child should be challenged. The children then check and explain their answers. Any misconceptions can be picked up by their class teacher.
Each class has weekly spellings that are given. The spellings match the National Curriculum guidelines outlined in the National Curriculum (http://www.swaffhamjuniorschool.com/docs/National_Curriculum_Spelling_appendix.pdf.) We encourage the children to practice their spellings as much as possible both in school and at home. The spellings are then tested weekly before the new spelling rule is taught and the next week’s spellings are given out. To help your child with their spellings http://www.spellzone.com/ and https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/at-school/subject-guides/spelling-at-primary-school/ have some great resources.