Mr Croutear’s English Corner

Welcome to the Reading & Writing Corner! 

Miss K – a book a day

During the school closure, Miss Kelly (and her pet dog, Bear), will be reading a story aloud on her youtube channel. Please subscribe to her page using the link below.

Bear is the most adorable dog in the world…
You can zoom in on the book to see the pictures!

Reading matters!

At the Priory School, we believe that reading is a fundamental skill which gives children the ability to access education. We seek to foster a love of books through the development of a whole-school culture of being inspired to read.

Children learn to read at school through a phonics-based approach, in which daily lessons during EYFS and Key Stage 1 support them in learning the ‘sounds’ made by letters and letter patterns. Below is a guide to the way in which phonics is taught at the Priory School:

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Our younger readers begin their learning journey using our coloured banded books, which they bring home in their book bags. As they progress to begin ‘free-readers’ (usually around Year 3), they can use our well-stocked library as they begin to develop their own literary tastes, enjoyment of specific genres and love of certain author’s works.

Below are some useful links to reading/author websites:

Oxford Owl – Get Reading Website

Author Website – Roald Dahl

Author Website – Jaqueline Wilson

Author Website – David Walliams

Please click on a page below to see recommended books for different ages:

Class R Recommended Reading List

Class 1 Recommended Reading List

Class 2 Recommended Reading List

Class 3 Recommended Reading List

Class 4 Recommended Reading List

Class 5 Recommended Reading List

Class 6 Recommended Reading List

As children become competent readers and begin exploring a variety of genres and authors, it has a significantly positive effect on their own writing. Whilst our Talk4Writing approach in school is a great basis for teaching the skills necessary in each year group, one of the biggest factors in children’s success as writers is how much they read in their own time.

The technical skills associated with writing, commonly referred to as Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar (SPaG) are important and we teach this through an integrated approach linked to Talk4Writing, as well as through the No Nonsense Spelling scheme and discreetly during Core Skills time. The SPaG curriculm is extremely challenging but crucial in ensuring as many pupils as possible can reach age-related expectations. Below is a useful document detailing the (many) definitions of the technical terms your child will encounter during their primary years:

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