English 2019 - 2020

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At St. Matthew's we believe that English is at the heart of everything we do. The children live in a world in which communication, reading and writing are all essential parts of every day life, this is why the staff at St. Matthew's are committed to helping all of the children reach their full potential.
 
On this page you will find relevant information about the English Curriculum at St. Matthew's as well as keeping up to date with what the children are learning.
 
 English Lessons
At St. Matthew's English is taught daily in every class. We are developing the Talk for Writing approach to planning and teaching. This involves the children orally retelling a text through the use of pictures and actions. Then the children analyse the texts to explore the different features and use of language/punctuation.The children then innovate the text they have learnt to make it their own.  In the final week the children produce their own pieces of writing which include planning, drafting, editing and publishing.
 
During lessons children are encouraged to develop their reading and writing skills.
Writing
 
There is a strong emphasis on phonics in EYFS and KS1 to develop children's early writing ability. From the end of Year 2 upwards the children will begin to learn spelling patterns and rules. Children will take weekly spellings home to learn which are based on phonic sounds or spelling rules that they have been taught. Writing across a range of genres is effectively modelled by class teachers then practised by the children. The children learn how to develop the whole writing process from planning to publishing.
 
At St. Matthew's we promote lots of cross-curricular writing opportunities to allow children to apply their writing skills across a variety of subjects.
 
At St. Matthew's we use Talk 4 Writing across the school to help develop children's writing skills. Talk 4 Writing allows children to orally retell a number of different texts using pictures and actions. the children then innovate story maps to create their own versions of the texts. Talk 4 Writing has proved to be very popular with the children and the writing they produce is a credit to them.
 
 
Reading
Reading is taught in a variety of ways at St. Matthew's. This includes; daily guided reading sessions, 1:1 reading with an adult in school, shared reading as a class, comprehension lessons and phonics.
 
Children are encouraged to read for pleasure throughout the school day and at home. At St. Matthew's we promote reading and vocabulary opportunities through all curriculum subjects.
 
We teach whole class Reciprocal Reading lessons at St Matthew's. Reciprocal Reading is a method of guided reading where children explore a range of reading skills with each other under the guidance of the class teacher. Reciprocal reading emphasises teamwork and supports independent comprehension skills. Children are encouraged to build on the skills of: summarising, predicting, clarifying and questioning. Have a look at the links below that explain Reciprocal Reading in more detail. 
 
 
 
 
Reading Scheme
 
At St. Matthew's our core scheme for reading is Oxford reading Tree. Oxford Reading Tree is a highly structured reading scheme that introduces new words in a controlled way. All children are provided with a reading book and home reading record. We have a wide range of new reading books including an EYFS scheme that includes fully decodable home reading books. As part of your child's homework they are expected to read every night. We ask that when you listen to your child read, you record it in their reading record. This along with their reading book should be returned to school each day so children can continue to read in school with teachers and teaching assistants. We would like to emphasise that teaching a child to read is a partnership between home and school.
 
 
 
 
 
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As part of their Literacy topic on flashbacks, Year 6 have been analysing author's intentions!
They considered why the author of 'The Piano' had used certain words and writing techniques, and how they influenced the reader and changed the mood and atmosphere of the text. Have a look at the pictures below!
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Reception have been reading the story 'Rainbow Fish'. The children have been learning the story using Talk for Writing actions. They then looked at vocabulary before innovating their Rainbow Fish story maps. The children then started to write their own Rainbow Fish story. Take a look at their work below.
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Year 1 have been creating their own story maps based on stories with familiar settings. The children read the story Oliver and Patch before retelling the story orally using actions
Year 1 have been working hard on writing their own stories with familiar settings. Take a look below.
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Year 3 have been learning about Stories with Familiar Settings, Reports and Myths in their English lessons. Take a look at some of their cold and Hot tasks to see how much progress they have made.
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Year 4 have been learning how to write Playscripts, Stories from other Cultures and Formal Persuasive texts. Take a look at some of their work below.
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Year 5 have been writing their own Legends and revisiting Instructional texts in their English lessons.
Wow Year 6 have had a busy term. They have been learning about informal letters, journalistic texts, revisiting myths and looking at biographies. Take a look at some of their amazing writing below.
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Years 3-5 have been using tool kits in their English lessons to help them with their writing.
 
 
 
 
Years 3-5 have been using boxing-up to help them to analyse texts in their English lessons and to help them to plan their own writing.
 
 
 
 
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Year 6 have been using Adobe Spark player to create their very own websites all about Howard Carter. This has been part of their English and History topic. Have a look at their websites by clicking the links below!

https://spark.adobe.com/page/nKp0ryOPGylEi/ Lennon and Anthony

https://spark.adobe.com/page/3xYQmPy7RYaK4/ Caleb and Maddy

https://spark.adobe.com/page/M5FtK3Hrm650I/ Ethan and Lexie

https://spark.adobe.com/page/djQLIXa4SwXfF/ OC HG CW

https://spark.adobe.com/page/905lPLHdHSNNT/ Georgie and Dylan

https://spark.adobe.com/page/GPJmxpDcfzbi1/ Ruby and Jacob

https://spark.adobe.com/page/ndmfr4CQnYzct/ Emily and Jack DD

https://spark.adobe.com/page/fLg44eLQq87S8/ Lucas and James

https://spark.adobe.com/page/pgDpRt1uofNqH/ Coen and Ryan

https://spark.adobe.com/page/nZK92czNV1wPj/ Eve and Lewis

https://spark.adobe.com/page/buQKw6VU0wJDK/ Rachel and Jack KD

https://spark.adobe.com/page/LiyHlynJpSlZP/ Amelia and Joe

https://spark.adobe.com/page/SO65UMNZY9Y78/ Jordan and Holly

https://spark.adobe.com/page/66l19j0UINlnN/ Mia and Olivia

 
 
 
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Year 5 have been reading 'Friend or Foe' by Michael Morpurgo. Here's what the children had to say about it: 

“I like the start of Friend or Foe because you can empathise with the character and understand what it would be like to be evacuated during the war.”

“A new word I leaned from the first chapter was rhythmic. I thought it was a great to describe the noise the steam trains made.”

 
 
 
 
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Wow, have a look at year 3 below performing some of the poems they have written! 
 
 
 
 
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The children at St Matthew's Raindrops enjoyed reading 'Dear Zoo' today. They enjoyed completing lots of activities about the book and playing with the different puppets! The children even had blow up animal themed headbands to wear when they were reading the story. 
 
 
 
 
 
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Year 6 went to Daresbury village today to visit the birthplace of famous author Lewis Carroll. Lewis Carroll, was the author of world-famous children's fiction, notably Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass. He was also well know for famous nonsense poems such as the Jabberwocky and The Hunting of the Snark.
Year 6 children explored the church where his father was priest, saw the font in which Carroll was baptised and saw his childhood home. They also sketched part of the famous stain glass window in the church dedicated to Alice in Wonderland and Lewis Carroll. 
 
 
 
 
 
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Year 6 visited Reception today to read their Myths to the younger children.
Lots of children in Reception and Year 6 made new friends and really enjoyed spending time together. Reception loved listening to the stories and enjoyed spending time drawing the characters from Year 6's myths! 
 
Jack DD- Brody learnt a new word today. I taught him what the word victory meant. We then started to play a game all about my myth! 
Coen-James loved my main character 'Skyrim' and he loved hearing all about the dragon in my myth. 
Mia-With Holly, I taught her what the word rage meant and why my character was angry in the story. 
Caleb- I was paired with Max, he loved my story telling and we went outside to draw pictures from the myth. 
Lennon-I was with Bobby, I taught him what the word 'subject' meant. His favourite part of my myth was the sneaky snake. 
Eve-Little Jack loved the word 'bright' and was asking me how to write all of the letters. 
Ruby-I was with Mia and I taught her how to write some new words. She was really into the story and remembered all of my questions and characters. 
Anthony and Lewis- We were with Bobby and Mikey and we taught them that the word aroma means different smells. We enjoyed reading our myths to them. 
Jacob-My little sister Penny is in Reception, she was really excited all morning about me visiting her today to read my myth. 
Olivia- I was with Molly-Mae, she was really intrigued as to how the beast was walking into his cave. She made me write down some words from the story and she traced and copied them. 
Madison- I was with Harper, we loved drawing pictures of my hero fighting the beast. 
Christian- I made friends with Joshua, and I taught him how to draw the characters from my story. 
 
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During reciprocal reading lessons, Year 3 have been devising their own questions for each other! They were reading a very special police report on super heroes. 
 
 
 
 

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Children in year 5 have been improving their summarising skills! During their reciprocal reading lesson they have working in pairs to summarise the first 16 chapters of Room 13 by Robert Swindells. Children then shared their summaries with other groups on their table. 

“We looked at two versions of Room 13 and both of the looked like it was going to be a scary story based on the covers.”

“I inferred that the story was going to be about vampires because when we did research it sounds like Whitby is connected to Dracula.”

“The story starts with some tension because all the sentences are quite short and you don’t really know what is happening so you are a bit confused.”

 
 
 
 
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In Literacy, Year 6 are learning how to write their very own Myths!
They have worked really hard to produce a story map for the myth Beowulf. Year 6 thought about certain elements of the myth that we were going to change and adapt for their own later this week. Have a look at the pictures below!
We had some brilliant (and very gruesome ideas!)
Watch this web page for our published myths coming soon! 
 
 
 
 
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Year 2 have been learning the actions to 'The Tear Thief' as part of their talk for writing lessons!
 
 
 
 
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Year 2 have been working hard to learn the difference between a question and a statement!
 
 
 
 
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Reception children have been enjoying their new book packs from the Book Trust. The Book Trust is passionate about getting all children reading, which is why every child in Reception received a a free book pack! We hope you enjoy them Reception! 
 
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Children at St Matthew's had a fantastic day celebrating World Book Day 2019! Have a look at the pictures below.
 
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Children at St Matthew's have been checking out our new 'Spelling Shed' app!
Children can log on and practise spellings given to them by the class teacher. They earn honey coins to change their avatar! So far, we are loving it! 
Kaiden- 'I like the different challenge words!' 
James-'I like the fact that it has more than one mode, so it does not get repetitive.' 
Ruby-'I like the honey currency and buying accessories for my Avatar!'
 
 
 
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Today, in our whole class reading lesson, Year 6 spent some time clarifying what the word 'looter' meant. We found the word in our text and thought of different synonyms we could replace it with. We also edited the author's work and created improved sentences in our pairs. Some of our sentences are in the pictures below.
 
 
 
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Class 3G are pictured below writing detailed predictions as part of their whole class reciprocal read! 
 
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Well done to all of the Year 6 children who entered the BBC 500 word competition! All of your stories were fantastic! 
 
 
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Well done to Callum, Kevin and Olivia from Year 6 who attended a 'greater depth' writing workshop in Rice Lane Primary School. Your writing was truly phenomenal!  
Related imageYear 6 have been using Adobe Spark player to create their very own websites all about Howard Carter. This has been part of their English and History topic. In History we have been learning all about Ancient Egypt and in English we have been writing Biographies. 
Use the links below to have a look at their websites!
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Take a look at our Talk for Writing work across the school.
Year 1
 
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Year 1 have been reading Oliver and Patch as part of their familiar settings topic. The children have retold the story using actions and are now beginning to use the story to help them plan and write their own stories with a familiar setting. We can't wait to read them Year 1!
Year 2
 
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Year 2 have been studying the Tear Thief as part of their familiar settings topic. The children orally learnt and retold the story before writing their own versions. We had the Shadow Thief, the carrot thief and even the teacher thief.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Years 3-5 have been recording magpie words whilst looking at key texts in their English lessons. The children then wrote sentences to put some of their new vocabulary into context.