English at Shipton Bellinger Primary School
Welcome to the English page of our school website. This is the place to come to find out more information about how we teach your child to read, write and communicate effectively. You will be able to find curriculum information, helpful links, homework support, our English policies and much much more...
We believe passionately that true literacy is the ability to gain, utilise and communicate with powerful knowledge. This knowledge is our children’s key to the brightest and best future. Enjoyment of and engagement with English begins with a vibrant talk-based curriculum in the earliest days of EYFS and, through structured, sequential, rigorous teaching, it is carried with our Year 6 leavers through the rest of their lives.
Have a look at our Whole School Events tab to see more about the wonderful English experiences at our school.
As always, please get in contact with us if you have any questions or would like more information about your child's English journey here at Shipton Bellinger.
Reading at Shipton: Progression of Skills
We use Little Wandle Letters and Sounds as our Systematic, Synthetic Phonics scheme. Discrete phonics teaching is taught in the earliest days of Early Years and continues until our learners have a mastery of the graphemes and phonemes that make up the English language and are able to apply them to read a wide range of words fluently. Click on the links below to find more information about how reading is taught in the early stages of your child's journey.
At Shipton Bellinger Primary, reading and books are at the heart of our curriculum. Our termly topics are scaffolded by a wide variety of cross-curricular rich texts and reading is embedded throughout every subject. Through access to a wide variety of carefully curated texts and an exciting, child-led curriculum, children gain first the phonic knowledge, then the comprehension skills to read and understand anything they choose.
The ways that our learners develop as readers will vary depending on their age. They will begin their reading journey at Shipton by sharing stories, enjoying rhymes and songs and exploring picture books. Small group book talk, 1:1 reading and direct skills teaching will later lead to whole-class shared reading and using books for independent research and analysis.
Some areas of the curriculum, such as phonics are taught using carefully structured, linear schemes. Please see the information below regarding how phonics is taught at Shipton Bellinger Primary School. Other parts of the curriculum, such as comprehension are revisited time and time again across your child's whole school learning journey.
Our vibrant school reference library, in-class reading corners and our extensive eBooks selection means that our school is full to the brim with engaging, carefully curated books!
We recently ran a parent's information session about how to support your child with their reading at home. Click here to see the information from that meeting.
We believe that, before children can write, they must be able to talk effectively while keeping in mind the purpose and audience of their language choices. For this reason, our writing curriculum is hinged around high-quality talk. We utilise a range of communication strategies, including Talk for Writing, Helicopter Stories and Philosophy for Children. Our curriculum design is intended to ensure mastery of the foundations of writing through phonics, spellings and handwriting before learners can move onto
Through structured teaching of spelling, grammar and handwriting and supported by strategies such as colourful semantics, we provide the children with the tools they need to make informed writing choices. Carefully chosen model texts and text type "toolkits" mean that our learners are able to craft texts across a wide range of genres and for a wide range of real-world purposeful contexts. Writing and Reading are intrinsically linked here at Shipton.
Three part learning journeys ensure that opportunities for playful exploration and cross-curricular inspiration are balanced with careful studies of relevant grammar. These build to a wide range of regular opportunities to write independently with peer and adult-supported editing to ensure the absolute best quality writing outcomes.
Spelling Information How we teach handwriting Help for Parents
Our Writing Policy Y1-Y6 Learning Journeys Grammar glossary of terms
Events this Year
We raised over £1000 for this fantastic We had a fun and cosy bedtime Did you manage to guess who the
cause through our sponsored read! story. Hot chocolate, teddy cuddles and the Masked Readers were? It was
Thanks to everyone who donated. a good book = a perfect end to the day! certainly a bit of a challenge!
We are taking part in the Summer Dressing up for World Book Day was
Reading Challenge! Click on this link lots of fun! We loved sharing stories
for some more information. and celebrating reading together!