English Curriculum Overview 2017 - 18
We teach reading using a variety of different graded schemes. To begin with you'll find your child probably has a book with no words in at all - this is an important stage during which the children are learning about telling their own stories, and the features of books. Then the children will be introduced to key words and those they can read using their phonic skills. As they progress through the school they will develop core reading skills using increasingly complex texts. All children have a daily guided reading session at the beginning of the day. We want children to read for pleasure too, and there are lots of opportunities for this during the week.
Children are taught phonics using "Letters and Sounds". This programme has it's own website that you might like to visit. Most children have mastered their phonics up to phase 6 by the time they leave year 2, but we continue to follow the scheme in KS2 for those who need it.
Use these question stems to make up questions about the book your child is reading to ensure they are understanding what they have read.
Help your child to learn their weekly spellings and have fun doing so!
Theatre visit for R,y1 and y2
Roald Dahl Day - Tuesday 13th September
Here are lots of activities that you and your family can engage in to help celebrate this great authors 100th birthday.
Enjoy! Remember to send anything you do into school so that we can celebrate it.
9 March 2016
Tonight was the annual presentation of the Rotary Club's "What I want to be when I grow up" essay competition. Our three finalists this year were Mia, Charlotte and Violet. All three had written excellent essays explaining how they want to be a photographer, an author and a mid-wife respectively. Charlotte was announced as our overall school winner and then we waited anxiously to see if she would win the overall competition. Her essay was highly commended by the judges along with two others but unfortunately she was not the overall winner. We are however, very proud of all three girls and if you look below you can read their essays.
Our Rotary Winners
The Young Shakespeare Company perform The Tempest
Key Stage 2 really enjoyed watching this version of the Tempest and were commended for being a brilliant audience. In fact, the actors said they would come back every day to perform to our delightful children.
Radio 2 500 word Short Story Competition
Why not write a story in 500 words and enter it into this competition. If you do, please let Miss Wilkinson have a look at your story. Who knows, the next big winner could be a pupil at Cranbourne.
Find out all the details here, but hurry the closing date is 25th February 2016
Speaking and Listening
This is a very important part of the English curriculum and is the basis of a lot of the work that we do. If children cannot talk in sentences they cannot write in sentences. Our children are given lots of opportunities to talk within lessons and to rehearse what they may later write. In these photographs, the Year 6 children are carrying out police interviews of eye witnesses to the strange phenomena of flying toads in Cranbourneville.
At Cranbourne we encourage children to take a pride in their work and to develop a fluent, legible hand. We use the Nelson Handwriting scheme throughout the school with children learning to join their writing from Year 2. Key Stage 2 children can earn their pen licence when they are showing consistently good handwriting in all their work.
Here are some examples of our handwriting so that you know what we are aiming for in each year group.
Read the National Curriculum requirements for Handwriting in each Year Group
Find out about our Pen Licence system - how close are you to earning yours?
Classroom Reading Prompts and Displays
Writing and Grammar Classroom Displays
30 September 2015
Upper School were excited to be visited by Emma Shevah today. She came to tell us about her two children's novels and her inspiration for writing them. By the end, we all wanted to read the books and signed copies are now on sale from the school office.
When asked what tips she would give us as writers she said, read, read, and read some more as reading gives you inspiration and shows you how to structure your writing. Her second tip was to write, and keep writing even when it gets hard. Great advice Emma, thank you.
Haileybury Festival of Arts
10 children in Year 4 entered their river poems into the Haileybury Festival of Arts. The judges chose Kacey's poem as the winner with Bethany being the runner-up. We had great fun at the awards ceremony where the girl's achievements were celebrated.
11 March 2015
The Hoddesdon Rotary Club host an annual competition for Year 6 pupils asking them to write about what they would like to be when they grow up. On Wednesday our three finalists, Pedrum, Georgia and Chloe, went to the awards ceremony held at Hoddesdon Library. The school's overall winner was Pedrum to who we offer our congratulations. Unfortunately this year we did not win the grand prize, but we are very proud of our three finalists.
Rotary Competition Finalists
16 January 2015
12 children in Years 3 and 4 had the privilege of going to work with Robin Price at an Able Writers day. Robin has written a wide range of books which appeal to children of all ages. These include I am Smartapuss, Boudicat, Beowuff and the Horrid Hen and his latest book London Deep.
The children tried their hand at writing both historical stories and science fiction stories under his direction. Below are some tasters from potential authors of the future - enjoy.
Read some examples of the stories the children wrote during the workshop
Following a visit to Paradise Wildlife Park to work with a children's author, all the Year 6 children wrote a story about an animal. Three were chosen to be finalists and we were very proud of them and their great creative writing.