“The more you read, there more you’ll know.
The more that you learn, the more places you will go,”
Subject Coordinator: Mrs. Rachel Castle
Supported by: Mrs. Hannah Bostock (Early reading and Phonics). Mrs. Lorraine Smith (Accelerated Reader)
Subject Link Governor: Lorraine Smith
External Links: Quality Mark team, SHEADS English Hub.
Vision and INtent
At Cheadle Primary School, we desire that every child is driven by the desire to read- to explore new worlds, new characters, and new genres and to have an appetite for reading that must be fed. Children will, consequently, be so filled with imagination that they are compelled to share it through their writing, public speaking and dramatic endeavours.
In pursuit of this vision, our English curriculum is built on a foundation of quality texts and books. Through our curriculum, our pupils have the opportunity to explore a wide range
of genres and authors which have been carefully and thoughtfully selected to link to our curriculum and to stimulate curiosity and interest. As our texts often have links to our Geography, History or Science work, our aim is that children realise that English goes beyond the classroom and feeds into all subjects.
It is our passion that when children leave Cheadle Primary School, that they are not only equipped with the skills and tools required to further their academic studies, but most importantly with a love to read and write.
Hi I’m Mrs Castle and I am the Coordinator for English at Cheadle Primary School. I also work closely with Mrs Bostock- our Early Reading/Phonics manager and Mrs Smith who runs Accelerated Reader.
My role is to ensure that English (reading, writing, spelling, phonics and oracy) is taught to a consistently high standard that enables all children to fulfil their potential. My main goal is to ensure that each child leaves our school with the knowledge that they need to be successful in their everyday life. With this in mind, and through our carefully planned English curriculum, all children at Cheadle Primary School are exposed to the wonders of the English language on a daily basis.
My passions for the subject can be traced right back to my own experiences of English whilst at school. At primary school, I remember racing to read a hundred books in the year; competing in balloon debates and creating my own travel magazines. At secondary school, I took English Literature at A Level and particularly enjoyed trips to theatre. It is that my aim that all children remember their English lessons, experiences and activities as fondly as I do.
I love ‘test reading’ books for all year groups and get very excited when mapping out new planning with different teachers. My favourite books change regularly but at the moment my top reads are:
EYFS- The Naughty Bus by Jan and Jerry Oke- What a naughty bus it is! Reception children love going around the school and inspecting the chaos created by The Naughty Bus. They interview different members of staff and each create a page for their own class book.
Y1- Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram- our Year 1 children adore meeting Bob and learning all about his adventures in Space!
Y2- Mama Panya’s Pancake by Mary and Rich Chamberlin- this story transports our Year 2 children to the sunnier climes of Kenya. It is a clever and heart-warming story that teaches the importance of sharing. It complements our work on our RESPECT values beautifully
Y3- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl- a classic that every child must experience!
Y4- Monster Slayer by Brian Pattern- a modern retelling of Beowulf. I love the use of language: it always inspires fantastic writing.
Y5- Viking Boy by Tony Bradman- we have only just introduced this to Year 5, but they have already been swept away with the drama, the blood and the gore.
Y6- Survivors by David Long- this selection of real-life survival stories always engages the children. We have a fantastic relationship with the author: we have met him virtually and he always replies to our emails.
Curriculum and implementation
At Cheadle Primary, all pupils take part in a daily English or Literacy session, which covers the objectives for English as set out in the National Curriculum. Extra opportunities for pupils to practise and extend their skills are provided and linked to other curriculum areas wherever possible.
Pupils are taught as individuals, in groups and as classes.
Ability and mixed ability groups are used for different purposes and planned to meet
specific objectives. However, most children work in mixed ability for groups to
encourage high expectations for all children in line with the end of year of expectations.
Pease click this link to see our long term plan:
English whole school long term plan
Speaking and Listening at our school is developed through:
Describing and listening to events and experiences,
Speaking and listening appropriately to different audiences including peers, teachers and other adults,
Speaking and listening appropriately in a variety of contexts across the curriculum,
Group discussion and interaction,
Drama and role-play activities,
Debate and presentation,
Recital of poetry and music.
Reading at our school is developed through:
Whole class reading sessions for children in Year 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. All lessons have a specific reading skill focus using VIPERS as a planning tool.
In EYFS and Year 1, children follow Read Write Inc. as well as partaking in guided reading sessions. Some Year 2s will also be following RWI in 2021 as a catch up from the Covid closure.
As soon as children have completed the RWI scheme, Accelerated Reader is then used, which assess children’s comprehension of texts with quizzes after they have read an ability-appropriate book. Children in EYFS and KS1, all receive phonetically decodable books to encourage their independent reading as well as a ‘share with me book’ to encourage their love of sharing stories.
A text-based approach to teaching writing in every English lesson,
Interventions, KUNCU and additional support for children who are not making expected progress,
Pupils having access to a wide range of literature and non-fiction texts in classrooms and the school library as well as termly topic books.
The use of ICT based reference materials in the form of television, video and computers,
Daily sessions of independent reading when pupils have the opportunity to read, enjoy and share texts with other pupils and adults,
The involvement of parents, in and out of school, thereby ensuring a home/school commitment to the encouragement and value of reading,
Pupils being able to borrow books from the school library during their allocated time slots as well as having access to the Oxford Owl online library at home.
The encouragement of reading for pleasure and celebrations and rewards for those reading regularly: 100% club, Reading VIPs
Writing at our school is developed through:
A text-based curriculum.
The Read Write INC. writing programme for EYFS /Year 1 and some Year 2s. This is supplemented with further writing opportunities.
The Read Write INC. programme for the teaching of phonics and spellings for Nursery, Reception and Year 1 and some Year 2,
Jane Considine’s Spelling Book programme for Year 2,3,4,5 and 6,
The use of ‘Austin’s Butterfly’ as inspiration for redrafting, peer critique and editing,
The use of Author Journals allowing children the opportunity to ‘publish’ their work.
Daily grammar warm ups within each English lesson,
The provision of a wide range of purposes for writing, including communication with others, exploring experience and organising and explaining information,
Providing opportunities to write appropriately for a range of audiences,
Teaching pupils to use a legible cursive style of handwriting (from Year 1) and making them aware of the importance of clear, neat presentation in order to communicate effectively,
Teaching pupils to control their speaking and writing consciously and to use Standard English.
Core Knowledge and skills
Please click on the links below to see our subject progression documents for English.
Writing Core Progression document
Conjunction and Adverbials Progression document
Exciting Sentences Progression document
Reading Progression Skills and Knowledge Grid
Six strategies to make reading for pleasure work in your school
Pupils’ development in English is constantly monitored and assessed in order to inform
future planning, teaching and reporting.
Otrack is a formal online monitoring system used by class teachers to input whether a child has not understood, is working towards, has achieved or has mastered
Assessment of reading:
Class teachers regularly input reading assessment into Otrack.
KS2 children take a termly STAR reading test and an Accelerated Reading
Manager monitors the progress of the children.
Pupils’ reading behaviour (attitude to reading, chosen texts etc) is observed and noted by the class teacher or other adults, taking account of reading both in school and at home.
Statutory assessment of reading occurs at the end of each Key Stage. The results of these assessments are monitored closely in order to inform targets for subsequent year groups.
Children complete NFER reading tests once a term- reading ages and scaled scores are monitored. Children in Year 2 and 6 sit previous SATS papers.
Assessment of writing:
Class teachers regularly input reading assessment into Otrack.
Pupils’ writing is assessed regularly against the appropriate learning objectives as detailed in the national curriculum.
Pupils’ progress in writing is assessed through writing opportunities in English and across the curriculum.
Moderation of writing takes place within and across year groups. Writing is also moderated across the local cluster schools.
cultural capital and enrichment
Cultural capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a child can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence; it is one of the key ingredients a pupil will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work.
In English, Cultural Capital can be gained in many ways:
Opportunities to read a wide range of genres/text type, discover many great authors and encounter diverse cultures.
The opportunity to meet, interview and learn from authors.
The chance to explore poetry both modern and classic.
Planned opportunities to enrich vocabulary.
Writing for a purpose and studying global issues
Planned trips and enrichment activities.
At Cheadle Primary, we place great emphasis on the importance of educational visits and visitors to enhance the teaching and learning of English. These visits and visitors, which provide valuable opportunities for learning through first-hand experience, are therefore an integral part of the curriculum and allow our children to make valuable connections between what they have learned in class and their first-hand experiences in the real-world. We have fantastic relationships with authors and often get tweets, emails and postcards from them.
Whole School Enrichment and Clubs: During their time at Cheadle, all children have access to a range of clubs and activities that enrich their experience of the English language. In recent years, this has included whole-academy celebrations on National Poetry Day and World Book Day, a ‘StarBooks’ experience, book clubs, drama clubs and also visits from a children’s author!
RWI - Early reading and phonics
Hi, my name is Mrs Bostock and I support Mrs Castle with our early reading and phonics work in school. I have worked at Cheadle Primary School for 16 years and have become an expert in all things phonics! We follow Read, Write Inc for our early reading and phonics curriculum.
Please click on the link below to find out more about RWI.
My name is Mrs Smith and I am the Manager of Accelerated Reader and look after the school library at Cheadle Primary. My role is to ensure all the children have exciting books to read, according to their level. By looking through each child’s individual report, I can inform teachers on how the children are getting on with AR quizzes and STAR tests.
Reading is the key to unlocking the imagination and knowledge that every child deserves to know. At Cheadle Primary School, Accelerated Reader puts the children in the driver’s seat by reading exciting and engaging books which is followed by quizzes. These quizzes help hone the children’s reading skills and develops achievement and growth for every child. The program is set in 4 stages:
Guide – Accelerated reader guides the children to achieve. Setting personal levelled books for the children.
Engagement – Setting personal books, which the children enjoy but also books which challenges each individual.
Practice – Accelerated Reader sets quizzes to monitor comprehension skills and literacy skills
Growth – by creating reports for teachers, where they can monitor and support each child’s progress
What is Accelerated reader?
Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps teachers and teaching assistants to manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. The child will pick a book at their own level and reads it at their own pace. When finished, the child will take a short quiz on the computer. Accelerated Reader gives children, teachers, and teaching assistants feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.
Children using Accelerated Reader choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them.
Teachers and teaching assistants help the children choose books at an appropriate readability level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and experience success.
If a child does not do well on the quiz, the teacher or librarian may help your child:
Choose another book that is more appropriate.
Ask more probing questions as the child reads and before the child takes a quiz.
Pair a child with another student, or even have the book read to your child.
What are the quizzes?
Accelerated Reader includes several types of quizzes designed to support the development of several reading skills.
Quiz types include:
Reading Practice Quizzes are the most common type of assessment in Accelerated Reader. The purpose of these quizzes is to determine whether the child has read a book, to measure literal comprehension of the book, and to provide immediate feedback. Each Reading Practice Quiz consists of 3, 5, 10, or 20 multiple-choice questions depending on book level and length. They are available in English, Spanish, and Recorded Voice formats.
Vocabulary Practice Quizzes measure a child’s command of vocabulary words encountered while reading. They are designed to reinforce vocabulary, assist with individualising vocabulary instruction, and generate the child’s interest in words through literature experiences. Quizzes include 5, 10, or 15 words from a particular book as well as review words from previously read books.
Literacy Skills Quizzes are designed to give the child’s teacher information on specific reading skills. Questions are randomly generated, resulting in 12 or 24 quiz questions.
Other Reading Quizzes are designed to give the child’s teacher information on specific reading skills. Questions are randomly generated from a 36- or 60-item bank, resulting in 12 or 24 quiz questions.
What our pupils say
In March 2022, we selected a group of children to give us their opinion on English at Cheadle Primary.
We conducted this in the library. Perhaps our favourite response from a Year 1 child was “Can I just read now?”
Other comments included:
Reception child: “I like it when there are exciting things on the table!”
Year 1 child: “My favourite thing to write is sentences. Lots of them! Especially about toys”
Year 2 child: “Reading and writing makes me happy!”
Year 3 child: “I had so much fun writing about a robot puppy. My teacher really helps me by breaking the task down into smaller chunks”
Year 4 child: “In Year 4, we work as a team in English. We help each other with ideas and suggest improvements to our friends’ writing.”
Year 5 child: “My favourite part of the day is when we listen to the teacher read. We are never too old for that; you know?”
Year 6 child: “I love being able to be creative when writing fiction especially when I use DADWAVERS to help me. I don’t like to admit it but I do enjoy grammar revision sessions too,”
“Even though editing our work isn’t our favourite thing to do, we have stations which are fun and if we didn’t edit our work it wouldn’t be as good”
Oxford Owl- We have access to hundreds of books online. Please do check with your child’s class teacher if you are unsure of their log in.