This section of the Teaching and Learning area of the website focuses upon English. On this page you will find information regarding elements of the English curriculum, details about reading scheme - Accelerated Reader, spelling lists and other helpful information.
The teaching of English in school obviously focuses on Reading and Writing, but within that are also elements such as spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG) and handwriting. We believe very passionately that children get the best possible start with these areas, as reading and writing are the tools required to unlock the wider curriculum. All children in school are provided with a Reading Record and it is part of our Home/School agreement that parents and carers are reading at home with children on a regular basis.
Please take some time to familiarise yourself with the English portion of our website. We aim to update this page regularly with relevant news and information about how English is progressing within our school.
We cannot stress enough the importance of younger children reading out loud every day and for older children to read everyday for at least 20 minutes.
Reading helps to develop spelling, grammar, fluency, extends vocabulary and provides ideas for writing.
We are very excited about building on our use of Accelerated Reader, which gives the children the opportunity to read books at an appropriate level and checks on their understanding (by way of a quiz) before they move on to a new book.
What is Accelerated Reader all about?
Check out the Parent PPT below to find out!
Don't forget to check how your child is doing on the Renaissance website!
Go to: https://ukhosted24.renlearn.co.uk/6708488/HomeConnect/Login.aspx
Want to check whether there is a quiz available on Accelerated Reader?
Go to: AR Book Find.Co.Uk
Type in the name of the book and the author
If it's there, then there is a quiz!
World Book Day this academic year:
Thursday 5th March 2020
With World Book Day approaching last year, the children were taking a good look at the posters displayed around the school.
Remember, on World Book Day, they will receive a £1 book token, which can be used towards the cost of a book.
What an amazing, exciting World Book Day it was at Longlands !
Each of the classes had the opportunity of working with another class for the day.
Teachers chose a book to focus on and the children worked very creatively to produce some brilliant writing and illustrations to go with it.
During the afternoon, the whole school came together to celebrate their work in an assembly.
Mr King (Norman-the slug with the silly snail) then presented one child from each class with a prize for their unique costume.
Well done to all those children who have taken part in the 'Book in a Jar' fun! There really are some fabulous clues to the stories you chose. We shall thoroughly enjoy sharing them!
KS2 author visit
The children in KS2 had such a wonderful lesson in how to write a brilliant story...all delivered by our visiting author, Jack Trelawny.
Jack shared his secrets about where he gets all those fantastic ideas for his books.
After his workshop, many of the children bought lots of his books (some children his whole collection!)
Jack spent a good deal of time signing the books and talking to the children before leaving us.
Thank you for coming to visit us Jack !!
EYFS and KS1 author visit
Tuesday 6th November
The Day Granny's Knickers Blew Away!
EYFS and KS1 were delighted when actor and childrens' author, Grant Koper came to visit them at Longlands.
Grant certainly created a lot of excitement and laughter as he shared his story with the children,
The Day Granny's Knickers Blew Away.
A massive thank you to Grant for coming to see us !!