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Cranbourne's Poetry Snowball 2020

Enjoy watching the videos we made of us reciting Christmas poems.  These were passed from class to class and back again over the last two weeks.

Poetry Snowball 2020 1JR

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Poetry Snowball 2020 1ST

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Poetry Snowball 2020 2RD

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Poetry Snowball 2020 2EK

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Poetry Snowball 2020 3KC

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Poetry Snowball 2020 3RB

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Poetry Snowball 2020 4GP

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Poetry Snowball 2020 4SE

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Poetry Snowball 2020 5BA

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You can read our English policy by following the link below.

English Curriculum Map 2019 - 20


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.

Key Stage 1 - All children have a daily guided reading session at the beginning of the day and they bring books home to read with an adult.

Key Stage 2 - Each class has at least 3 whole class reading lessons a week where reading skills are taught.  Appropriate level books are sent home for the children to read with an adult and these are then discussed in a reading conference with the class teacher or a TA each week.  In Upper KS2 they are set a number of pages to read each week. 


As a school, we also want children to read for pleasure and there are lots of opportunities for this during the week. We have a well stocked library and children are encouraged to take books from here home to read on a regular basis.



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  by the time they leave year 2, but we continue to follow the scheme in KS2 for those who need it. All KS2 classes have a phonics mat on display and this is regularly referred to during lessons.

Key Texts used at Cranbourne Primary School

Use these question stems to make up questions about the book your child is reading to ensure they are understanding what they have read.

Guided Reading KS1

If you want to help your child with phonics have a listen to Mr Thorne does Phonics to find out how to pronounce the different sounds. 

Classroom Reading Prompts and Displays


Spelling is a key feature of achieving age related in all year groups.  At Cranbourne we have developed our own progressive spelling programme which builds on the children's phonics learning and ensures that they learn the relevant spelling conventions in each year group.  The statutory spelling lists for years 3 and 4 and years 5 and 6 are referred to regularly and we ask parents to support their children in learning the words on these lists.

Spellings are not sent home weekly for children to learn for a test as research shows that this is not an effective way to learn spelling.  However they will ask to practise the spelling conventions which are being taught in class. 

When learning words, children are encouraged to think about the root word and how it can be extended by using prefixes and suffixes. Knowing the etymology of a word is also useful in helping children to define unknown words.  For example, if a child recognises that "auto" means "by itself", this will help them to decode and spell words like autopilot and automatic.  Similarly, if they understand that the root word "bio" is Greek for "life" and that "graph" is Greek for "written", they can use this knowledge to unpick the meaning of biography. If they combine all this knowledge, they should be able to grasp autobiography too.


Help your child to learn their weekly spellings and have fun doing so!

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.  Where possible, we have theatre groups visiting school so that the children see actors performing lines with expression and enthusiasm.  These visits help the children when taking part in their own year groups plays each year. 

Wind in the Willows pantomime December 2019

Theatre visit for R,y1 and y2

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.


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?

Writing and Grammar Classroom Displays

"The Christmas Truce"

Lewie made the newspaper - many congratulations

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