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At Anthony Bek we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion.

We have a rigorous and well organised English curriculum that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion.

We have developed our own English curriculum to ensure a wide coverage of genres - Fiction, Non- Fiction and Poetry, across all key stages.  We try to make cross - curricular links where possible in order to make learning relevant and meaningful.

We still have discreet grammar and spelling lessons where we teach the skills for writing and we also have daily reading sessions when the children explore a text looking at vocabulary and structure, whilst having the chance to discuss and debate aspects of the text.

● read easily, fluently and with good understanding

● develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information

● acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language

● appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage

● write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences

● use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas

● are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.


These aims are embedded across our English lessons and the wider curriculum. We will provide the means for children to develop a secure knowledge-base in Literacy, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. We believe that a secure basis in English skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.

At Anthony Bek we value reading very highly - here are some ideas which might help your child to enjoy their reading as much as we do.

Parents guide to Grammar in KS1 and KS2

Literacy Updates 
Reading Booklet 
Your child will have brought home a booklet which will give them (and you) some ideas of stories they could read. We are always looking for ways to encourage the children to read for pleasure and this booklet will give them a chance to tick off books that they have read and also some ideas of what to read next. 
Keep the booklets at home but at the beginning of each term we shall ask the children in Reception to Year 6 to bring them in so we can talk in class about the books that they have read. This will give them a chance to recommend some of the books to their friends. At any point, your child (Y1 – Y6) can complete a book review and at the start of each term these will be entered into a draw to win a prize. The more book reviews that are completed – the more chances of winning! (Key Stage One will have a different book review to Key Stage Two.) 
Book Swap  
We shall be holding a book swap in school on Friday 29th November. If your children have any books that they have finished with that are still in good condition they can bring them into school during the week beginning Monday November 25th and then swap them for books that others have brought in. 
There is no limit to the number of books they bring in but they will only be able to choose up to 5 different books – this way it gives other children a chance to have a “new” book. Children who bring books in will of course get the first chance to choose. It is a great way to clear out ready for all those new Christmas books and it also spreads the love reading on. 
Word of the Week 
Children in Years 2 – 6 will be given a new word each week to try and use in their writing and in their conversations. (Year 1 will start this initiative in a few weeks time.) The word will be discussed in the classroom and written in the child’s organiser on a Monday. It will also be put on the web-site under the appropriate classes page. Please have a look for the word and encourage your child to explain what it means and use it in their speech. 
We are trying to help the children build up their vocabulary so they are never “lost for words!” 
We want your children to read for pleasure – you can help by letting them see you read, by encouraging them to read lots of different types of things and by talking to them about what they are reading. 
We hope you find these new ideas useful. Many thanks for your support. 
Claire Smith (Literacy Co-ordinator) 

Tips for reading at home.

What our organisers say about reading in school

Writing overview 2021 -22