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 Please find details of our latest writing competition here:

An exciting opportunity for budding writers:

The University of Essex
'Creative Writing Competition'
for Primary School Children

 

We are delighted to invite your school to take part the University of Essex’s Creative Writing Competition in collaboration with local author James Campbell and the University’s students and academic staff.

The theme of our competition is ‘let your imagination run wild!’

 

The competition is open to all primary school ages.

 

Further information about the competition including tips from the judges, word count guidelines and prizes can be found on our website; www.essex.ac.uk/creative-writing-competition

Schools across Essex will also receive an information pack about the competition in the post.

Award categories
Gold and Silver awards will be presented to each age category
· Reception and Key Stage 1
· Year 3 & 4
· Year 5 & 6

Other awards include;
The Most Creative Character
The Most Original Illustration
The Most Imaginative Setting
The Most Captivating Plot

 

All children who take part in the competition are invited to attend a celebration evening at the University of Essex, 6 December 2017 at 6:00pm.

James Campbell has kindly produced a teaching resource and
video to support this competition. This can be found on our website.

Contact Mrs Mitchell or Mrs Allston if you would like any more help- Good Luck writers

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do Ofsted say about English at Highfields?

 

  • Due to high-quality teaching, the proportion of pupils who achieve the expected standard in the phonics screening check by the end of Year 1 is considerably higher than the national average.

 

  • Phonics is taught exceptionally well. Teachers expertly model the techniques that they expect pupils to use.

 

  • Due to the teacher’s enthusiasm and use of interesting teaching strategies, pupils demonstrated great confidence when successfully sounding out unfamiliar words. The pupils’ delight at their achievements was clearly evident. 

 

  • In 2015, a very large proportion of pupils achieved the expected standard in the phonics screening check. 

 

  • By using the techniques they have learned in earlier years, older pupils make very good independent use of their understanding of phonics and letter combinations to spell complex words such as ‘archaeological’.

 

  • Pupils’ communication skills are impressively developed. Teachers provide pupils with many opportunities to develop their written and verbal communication. 

 

  • In a Year 5 lesson, pupils were confidently composing and presenting speeches about the importance of equality. They did so with excellent enunciation and skilful use of expression.

 

 

 

Take a look a the wonderful dream jars children made to celebrate Roald Dahl Day

 

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English plays an integral role in our day to day work at Highfields. We teach lessons every day, using a range of teaching techniques and resources to meet the requirements of the new curriculum. Below you'll find examples of work from across the school; from phonics and writing in the Foundation Stage to the writing books of our Year 6 children. Although these samples are taken from our English books, we expect our children to apply their reading, spelling and writing skills across all subjects.

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At Highfields Primary we follow 'The Read Write Inc' phonics scheme. At the core of 'Read Write Inc' phonics is the lively and vigorous teaching of synthetic phonics. Children learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and how to sound-blend words for reading (decoding) at the same time as developing handwriting skills and spelling (encoding). They read lively Storybooks and Non-fiction books with words they can decode, so they achieve early success in reading. The more sounds they know the greater the range of texts they can read.

In Foundation Stage, children read from the first stage ‘Read Write Inc’ books and red, yellow and blue level books from the Oxford Reading Tree phonic scheme. As their skills progress towards the end of the year they swap onto the schools ‘Individualised Reading’ scheme where they have access to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books colour coded for the level of decoding skill and comprehension required.

Years 1 and 2 continue to develop their phonic skills by using the higher level ‘Read Write Inc’ books as the core of their group reading lessons.

If you would like to listen to, and find out more about, the sounds to help and support your child with pure sounds at home, please visit www.oxfordowl.co.uk

Spelling, punctuation and grammar

In June this year the year 2 children will sit a Spelling, punctuation and grammar test for the first time. In all classes we cover aspects of SP&G and will send home learning linked to the work we cover.

Click on the links below to see a glossary that should help you with any unfamiliar terms .

 

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