English

Literacy is central to all learning. We are constantly striving to improve attainment in all areas of literacy – reading, writing, speaking and listening – using a wide range of exciting, enjoyable, active and interactive materials. 

 

In Year 5 pupils are taught English in their form groups and from Year 6 they are taught in groups according to their ability.

 

Please find attached the topics that are taught in English and also the Reading and Writing assessments that take place throughout each topic.

 

Year 6 SATs Results

Year 6 achieved some amazing SATs results last year with 70% of the year group achieving national average in the reading test. Good luck to Year 6 this year who will be sitting their SATs tests during the week beginning 13th May.

 

Year 6 SATs Preparation

Throughout the week of SATs, there will be FREE breakfast available in school from 8am. It is essential that pupils eat a nutritious breakfast in order to fuel their brains in preparation for their SATs tests.

 

The SATs dates are as follows for English:

Monday 13th May - Grammar and spelling.

Tuesday 15th May - Reading 

 

Please phone Reception as soon as possible if your child is absent for any reason on those days.

 

Please see the attachments below of last year’s SATs tests to help you understand what types of questions are asked.

 

In the summer term, you will receive a letter with details of your child's SATs results. It will contain a raw and scaled score. To give you more detail of those, please read the conversion table attached below.

 

Please find attached some really great links containing information, resources and videos on how you can support your child at home in preparation for the English SATs tests.

 

KS2 Writing

 

In Year 5 and 6 the Curriculum requires pupils to work towards a tick list of requirements. The standard of writing is high and pupils will start to work towards this in Year 5. Please see the tick sheet attached below, alongside the spellings that children are required to learn and use correctly throughout KS2. There are also some examples of writing from the Government to show what writing looks like at ‘working towards expected’, ‘working at expected’ and ‘working above expected’.

 

KS2 Reading

 

We are passionate about reading at Brooklands and teach English through a book based curriculum. This means that all activities in English lessons are based on the text that they are currently reading. Please find attached a suggested reading list for Years 5 and 6.

 

 

KS3 English

 

At Key Stage 3 our aim is to build on the hard work in the previous Key Stage to develop English skills in all areas of the subject – Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Students are encouraged to read a wide range of fiction and non – fiction texts. They are taught the key skills of comprehension, inference and close textual analysis that will be so important when they begin studying for GCSEs in upper school. Students write in a variety of text types and styles for a variety of audiences and purposes. Opportunities are given for students to take part in discussions, debates as well as formal and informal presentations. As well as their work in lessons, students are encouraged to take part in trips and other experiences beyond the classroom. We want our students to be successful in English Literature and English Language but we also want them to enjoy the pleasures of reading and of writing.

 

Please follow The English Department on Twitter AND Instagram for all the latest news and resources: @BrooklandsEng

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Miss Stachini

Director of Languages and Communication