Our Learning – English

English Leader – Mrs Edwards

Our current focusses include

  • Developing Accelerated Reader (Years 2 – 6)
  • Engagement and progress of boys within English
  • Raising the attainment and progress of children in UKS2.

Supportive Websites and Information

 

SPAG Guide – http://www.ardleyhill.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/SPAG-Glossary.pdf

SPAG Book – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Primary-Grammar-Punctuation-Spelling-Dictionary/dp/0192734210/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493041666&sr=8-1&keywords=oxford+primary+grammar+punctuation+and+spelling+dictionary

Oxford Owl Ebooks – https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

Reading List Suggestions – https://www.scholastic.co.uk/piecorbett/resources

100 Books to read before you leave Primary School – http://trentceprimaryschool.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/100-Books-To-Try-And-Read-Before-You-Leave-Year-6.pdf

Accelerated Reader Book Finder –https://www.arbookfind.co.uk/default.aspx

Pen Pals Handwriting Guide – http://www.cambridge.org/files/7314/9020/2522/PfH_Messages_for_Parents_combined.pdf

 

Year 1 Questions for Reading Bookmark

Year 2 Questions for Reading Bookmark

Year 3 Questions for Reading Bookmark

Year 4 Questions for Reading Bookmark

Year 5 Questions for Reading Bookmark

Year 6 Questions for Reading Bookmark

Top Tips Reading with your child at Home

 

Accelerated Reader

 

Accelerated Reader Diagnostic Key for Parents

Guide for Parents Helping Your Child with the Accelerated Reader Program

Accelerated Reader Quiz

Parents guide to Accelerated Reader

ZPD POSTER

Dads and Reading

AR Parent Workshop July 2019

 

Reading including Accelerated Reader

 

In September 2018 we officially became an Accelerated Reader school! Accelerated Reader is our new reading scheme for books the children read at home (and in school!) After reading your child will be able to take a quiz based on the book they’ve read to receive points towards their personal target, see how many words they’ve read and earn rewards. Each half term a letter will be sent home detailing the winners of the 100% club, Pizza Progress Party and Millionaire rewards. Accelerated Reader is for children in Year 2 – 6.

Every child from Reception – Year 6 has a Reading Record. This is for writing in EVERY TIME they read at home or school. For every 10 entries (can be several pages, a chapter or a whole book!) in their reading record the children are rewarded with a prize and Dojo points!

Reading doesn’t always have to be a book. Your child can read comics, child friendly newspapers like First News, magazines, poetry, online texts, ebooks, a menu, signposts – reading is everywhere!

Hidden inside some reading books are some cheeky Dojo Monsters! If you discover one while reading please take it to your teacher, summarise the story so far and you will be awarded Dojo points.

We have Reading Hubs in Reception and KS1 and a Pre Loved Library at Ardley! To promote and further encourage reading we have installed our own Reading Hubs and Pre Loved Library for the children to use at break and lunch times as well as during lessons. We have a dedicated team of child Library Leaders who work together to create activities and competitions in the library. The library is based on trust and is open after school for parents and carers to access with your children too. All book donations are welcome in the school office.

At Ardley it’s important to us to model what we expect from the children therefore each staff member has their own ‘Currently Reading’ poster on their area door to show the children the texts they are reading too.

At least once a term the Academy holds a peer reading session where the children swap classes and read with their peers. The children absolutely love the chance to share books with others and use their own reading skills to support each other. It has proved a great way of developing children’s love of reading and friendship.

Autumn Term – Christmas Jumper Day peer reading. Children bring in their favourite Christmas related story to share.

Spring Term – World Book Day peer reading. Children bring in a book by their favourite author to share.

Summer Term – Peer Reading Picnic. Children bring in a book about a topic they’ve enjoyed learning about this academic year to share outside in the sun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writing

 

Writing at Ardley Hill Academy is cross curricular not just in English lessons. Topics are used to enthuse the children and units of work are taught to allow children to build up the skills and SPAG needed for different writing genres. Final pieces of writing are presented beautifully in topic books and are pieces the children are proud of.

Furthermore, writing for purpose is embedded in our P.E and R.E. subjects as well as within our creative curriculum. Drama and performance is large part of the Primary National Curriculum. Each class across the school has a dedicated ‘Role Play’ area. These are used to engage children with speaking and listening skills, encourage writing for purpose and often ‘Hot Seating’ drama activities.

With the support of our school Governor, Andrew, the children in KS2 have previously been Pen Pals with The Bright School in America. They have been writing letters and postcards to the children in Tennessee and have taken part in a Skype session too. The children have absolutely loved receiving their letters and have worked hard to write detailed letters back. We are always on the lookout for new schools and countries to write to so please let us know if you have any contacts.

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.

Since September 2018 we have been successfully using a moderation and assessment tool called ‘No More Marking’ which uses comparative judgements of the children’s writing.

Since September 2018 we have been using the Oxford University Press 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.

In September 2019 we are launching a ‘Presentation and Pens’ initiative. This will support and encourage children to consistently take pride over their presentation, have high expectations of handwriting and achieve their pen licence.

 

 

Enthusiasm for English

 

At Ardley Hill Academy we are developing ‘Learning for Life’ and believe providing experiences and enjoyment with learning is essential.

Each month we hold a ‘Writing Competition’ where children are given a visual starting point for their writing. They can use the given image to write non-fiction, fiction or poetry. The winner is awarded their own special prize and 50 Dojo points! We have had some outstanding pieces of writing through this competition and it’s great to see so many children across the Academy taking part. Look out for the competitions on our school Newsletter, Facebook Page and around the Academy.

In addition to our exciting year group topic related trips we also have lots of English related trips, visitors and events. Some of our previous events include,

  • M&M Theatre Productions for the whole school
  • Visits to Dunstable Library
  • Author visits from Polly Ho-Yen, Josh Lacey, Lou Trelevean, Peter Bunzl and Linda Killick just to name a few!
  • Roald Dahl Day
  • Child led debate clubs
  • Read for Good sponsored reading
  • Visits to the Grove Theatre and Milton Keynes Theatre
  • Get Caught Reading competitions in school
  • Discounted book fairs twice a year
  • Skype sessions with Cressida Cowell
  • World Book Day
  • Book Tasting Breakfasts
  • Usborne Books sponsored read and listen events
  • Children’s poetry being published by Young Writers
  • Puffin Virtually Live sessions and workshops
  • National Poetry Day
  • Assemblies to promote The Summer Reading Challenge
  • Visits to Caddington Grove Care Home to read to and with the residents

 

 

Look out for details throughout the year via weekly email letters and our school Facebook Page. If you have any suggestions for trips or visitors to promote English please contact the school office.