English has a pre-eminent place in education and society. It is a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding language provides access to the whole curriculum. Through being taught to write and speak fluently, pupils learn to communicate their ideas and emotions to others; through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, spiritually and socially. Literature especially, plays a key role in such development. All the skills of language are essential in participating fully as a member of society. Brighton Avenue Primary School is an inclusive school. The prime aim of our school is to give each of our children the opportunity to develop their own potential through knowledge, experience, understanding and awareness of good moral values. We feel that this can best be achieved by laying the foundations of a balanced education. Please find below everything you will need to know about the teaching of English at Brighton Avenue Primary School.
The purpose of English education is to offer pupils intellectual excitement and challenge; to provide them with a sense of delight and wonder; to equip them with knowledge and skills and the ability and confidence to use and apply these to meet the needs of present and future society. Brighton Avenue Primary School will promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written and spoken word, and develop a love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
At Brighton Avenue Primary School we aim to encourage children to:
• speak fluently and listen with attention and understanding;
• read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding;
• be able to use a full range of reading cues (phonic, graphic, syntactic, contextual) to monitor their reading and correct their own mistakes;
• understand the phonics and spelling system and use this to read and spell accurately;
• have fluent and legible handwriting;
• have an interest in words and their meanings, an understanding of grammar and a growing vocabulary;
• know, understand and be able to write in a range of genres in fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
• plan, draft, revise and edit their own writing;
• take part in their learning progress and be proactive in addressing their next targets
• have a suitable technical vocabulary for English through which to understand, discuss their reading, writing;
• develop the habit of reading widely and often, appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage, read with enjoyment and evaluate and justify their preferences;
• through reading and writing, develop their powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
All children have a statutory entitlement to access to the Programmes of Study for English as set out in the National Curriculum 2014:
Latest News - 2019/20
Year 6 - Explore Learning - 'Tropical Island'
Friday 24th January 2020
On Wednesday, we were visited by Juliette and Katie from Explore Learning who specialise in teaching English and Maths across the North East. They transported us to a desert island where we found a lonely man and it was up to us to come up with his story. Was he lost? Had he been shipwrecked? What was he going to do? The children created some amazing stories using a wide range of vivid and exciting vocabulary! They then had to write a 'message in a bottle' to someone; asking for help or for someone to save them. Take a look for yourselves...
I was on my boat and it started to sink, so I made my way to the nearest island. I am lost! I can see beautiful palm trees with coconuts on. The golden hot Sun is shining. I am worried that I will never be able to find my way back home. All of sudden, a huge shark with razor teeth was coming towards me. I jumped into a bush; I'm really scared! Please come and save me! Soma
Dear whoever sees this letter,
I am stuck on this tiny island, which about the same size as me, and I need help. It is kinda crazy because I have no room to move! I am running out of food (coconuts) and something dangerous is happening: a deadly, sneaky shark is about to attack me! Please HELP! Ana
I have been stranded on this island for many months. I have seen a boat being eaten by a shark and I'm so hungry! Will you please send a golden tomahawk steak with a side of fillet mignon and asparagus?!? Please send help! A helicopter just passed by; leaving me unnoticed. Also, bring some spicy chicken nuggets as I have never tried them before. Piotr
Year 6T - Explore Learning- Creative Writing- 23.01.20
Year 6T had visitors from Explore Learning in this week to help us work on our Creative Writing skills. We worked together to think of descriptive vocabulary to describe the desert island before using this to create a creative piece of writing using figurative language and ensuring we write to engage the audience. We then used our imagination to write a note to a strange asking for help! Take a look at some of our work from the session:
A mixture of feelings has entered my body. Thirst. Resilience. Hope. A deep cut of determination appears on my body. Help me. As this long day goes on, the strong feeling of hope slowly fades away. Stranded. The boiling sand sticks to my body like glue sticks to paper. It feels like I'm lying in a bed of volcanic lava.
Dear unknown person,
I must say what I've been through has been heartbreaking. Whoever is reading this, I hope you read on. Another thing ... I'm never travelling on a boat again. First I was relaxed and staring at a bright, blue sky (which was so clear I could almost see my reflection). I was listening to the calming song of the sea and the warm, soft sand beneath me. Sounds great, doesn't it? Well it was until I stepped into the real world. My ship was... sinking. What was I to do? I could try to swim to the boat and get it running but ... there was a shark? A deadly shark as scary as your biggest fear. There were many things on my mind... how would I escape this evil, little trap. Please save me.
From stranded person...
Year 4M - Spooky Stories - 01.11.19
This week, Year 4M have been working hard to create stories around the theme of Dracula's Castle. We watched a video to help us create the vocabulary we would use in our stories. We then spent time building suspense-filled sentences, using a range of subordinating conjunctions. I'm sure you will all agree that the children have created some amazing short stories that could chill you to the bone...
Cautiously, I snuck into the cold night. I had spine-chills! I looked around I looked around and saw flowed facing down as if they didn't like me. Why wasn't anyone there? I looked over the edge and saw an ancient haunted ship in the angry, choppy sea.
Quietly, I walked towards the castle doors. My heart heart was pounding very fast. I shivered with fear. Slowly, I opened the creeky, rusty door. I looked around me...no one was there.
As I walked through the spine-chilling castle, I felt like I was being watched. But by what? Even though I was terrified, I still walked in. Then I saw two eyes and two blinding white fangs. I ran as fast as I could...
Year 1 - Writing - 13.12.19
Our wonderful Year 1 children have been doing some incredible writing this week. Check out some of the character descriptions, fairy stories and instructional writing for yourself...
Able Writers' Day
4th July 2019
Today, the children visited Kelvin Grove Primary school to participate in a poetry work shop by Terry Caffery. Terry made the day fun and educational in order for the children to realise that reading and writing are positive experiences which should be enjoyed by all. His session was creative and developed the confidence in our able writers to write their own poems. He gave the children invaluable tips and demonstrated how poets work and craft ideas from his notebook and raised their awareness to the importance of planning, being prepared to make mistakes in the journey to completing a poem. The children were able to develop their imagination and writing skills and had a fantastic day.
28th February 2019
The school was approached by BBC Newcastle for an opportunity for some pupils to contribute to their regular radio feature Little'uns.
This involved BBC Newcastle’s mid morning presenter, Lisa Shaw, visiting the school and talking to the children. Lisa showed them a picture of a place, person or object and asked them to describe what they could see. Their clues were then edited and played out on air and listeners are then asked to get in touch and guess what the Little’uns are talking about.
Cluster Writing Project
Here at Brighton Avenue we have certainly been on a whirlwind of adventures all over the globe! Based on a wide range of stimulating hooks, the children produced writing which engaged all who were lucky enough to read it. The range of genres covered was vast and the pupils didn’t shy away from the challenge. To celebrate this, children were chosen from each year group to attend a celebration event at Kingsmeadow School. The children once again did us proud and we even had some overall winners. Ava in Y2W won best writer for KS1 and Luke in Y6B was a runner up in KS2. However we are proud of all the children that took part. Well done, you are all winners!