Our Learning – English


Primary SPAG Glossary

Maths and English Evening – 9th March 2017

Maths and English evening 2017 presentation

Best Piece of Work

Every child from Year 1 to Year 6 has a special ‘Best Piece of Work’. This piece is focused on writing but can be written work from English, Extended writing, Science, Topic, R.E or any subject! The writing is photocopied, laminated and always accessible. The best piece is chosen by the teacher and the child to celebrate their understanding, presentation, handwriting and any focused targets the child may have achieved. Every time a child completes written work they are encouraged to ‘beat’ their best piece.

Reading Scheme

At Ardley Hill Academy our current reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree. As the UK’s most successful reading scheme, Oxford Reading Tree is currently used in over 80% of primary schools and has helped millions of children from all over the world learn to read … and love to read. Rooted in reading for pleasure and with systematic phonics at its heart, Oxford Reading Tree’s well-loved characters, breadth and varied writing styles give children everything they need to become confident readers.

Oxford Reading Tree books include series such as Floppy’s Phonics, Biff, Chip and Kipper, Traditional Tales, Songbirds Phonics, inFact, Story Sparks and Project X Code books.

Although this is our school reading scheme we always encourage children to read a range of texts at home too. Child friendly newspapers such as First News, menus, graphic novels, magazines and posters will enrich their vocabulary and encourage discussion which will deepen their understanding.

Roald Dahl Day – 13th September 2016

Ardley Hill Academy celebrated Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday with a Dahlicious Dress Up Day on 13th September 2016. All the adults and children dressed up as their favourite Roald Dahl characters and shared their favourite books by him. Each lesson had a Roald Dahl twist too! Some activities included measures and capacity inspired by ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ and using prefixes and suffixes to create ‘BFG’ Gobblefunk words. There was also lots of fantastic illustrative art work based on the style of Quentin Blake.


We raised £185.20 this year for the Roald Dahl Marvellous Children’s Charity.


To find out more about this please go to http://www.roalddahl.com/charity

National Poetry Day – 6th October 2016

To celebrate National Poetry Day KS1 and KS2 entered a national poetry competition set by Young Writers. The KS1 theme was ‘Poetry Safari’ and KS2 wrote their poems based on the theme of ‘Once Upon a Dream’. All the children wrote fantastic poems and were keen to explore new genres of poetry such as limericks, narratives and kennings.

The younger children did not miss out! In Pre School children listened to a range of exciting poems and in Wales and Ireland classes the children listened to, acted out and wrote whole class poems based on their weekly theme work.

January 2017 update – We are delighted to announce that a huge number of KS1 and KS2 children’s work has been selected for publication! We are very excited to receive our copy of the published poetry books in early March!

March 2017 update – We hope you have received your copy of the published poetry books featuring the poems written by Ardley children. We have both our school copies on display in the KS1 and KS2 areas of the school so please pop in if you would like to have a look.

For more information please go to https://www.youngwriters.co.uk/

Poetry Day


Since September 2016 we have been using the Pen Pals Handwriting Scheme. This involves a handwriting gym where children in every year group practise full body movements to support the fine motor skills needed for writing. The interactive scheme visually demonstrates letter formation and joins before allowing the children to practise the handwriting for themselves.

Reading Week – 27th February – 3rd March 2017

This year Ardley Hill Academy had their very first Reading Week! During the week children took part in a Get Caught Reading competition (with winners in each year group all getting a book prize!), linked their English, Maths and Topic learning to reading, explored e-books and completed the Usborne Sponsored Reads! The week also coincided with World Book Day and a visit from the author Josh Lacey!

World Book Day – 2nd March 2017

This year we were blown away by the creative and unique outfits for World Book Day! This year we had a whole school assembly to celebrate all the different book characters we had in school, completed peer reading across year groups and linked our English and Maths learning to books. In addition the staff worked closely with FOAH to put on a fantastic evening event including a movie (book based!) night, dinner and then a bedtime story by the teachers. This year nearly 200 pupils attended this wonderful event!

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Author Visit – Josh Lacey – 1st March 2017

On Wednesday 1st March we were very lucky to have the published author, Josh Lacey, visit the Academy! He led a whole school assembly reading extracts from his Dragonsitter and Grk books followed by a question and answer session. Throughout the day he completed creative writing workshops in Year 4 and 5 which allowed the children to explore their own story writing ideas and get personal feedback from a real author! A lucky group of Year 6 children also interviewed Josh Lacey about his life and being an author. At the end of the day Josh Lacey sold and signed his books on the playground.

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Author Visit – Sue Batten – 21st April 2017

More details to follow.

Author Visit – Gillian Overitt – 8th June 2017

More details to follow.

Usborne Sponsored Read

During Reading Week the Academy took part in the Usborne Ready, Steady, Read and Ready, Steady, Listen sponsored reads. We were delighted with the amount of reading the children engaged in and amazed that the Academy raised £960 to spend on books! Each class now has a special selection of books to enjoy as a class thanks to this wonderful sponsored read.

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Scholastic Book Fair

We are pleased to be associated with the Scholastic Book Fair which takes place at least twice a year at Ardley Hill Academy. This year we have had book fairs in October and January. Our next book fair will be in July during the Ardley Summer Fair.


Drama Club

Watch this space for more details from Mr Wilby.


As requested by some parents, please find links below for some useful English books. These will help you to support your children with work at home, and your children can use them to remind them of skills learnt in school.

Click here for English book