English 2021-03-11T21:04:49+00:00

‘Achieving great things through learning and growing together in a love-filled Christian family’



Miss Flynn is our English Subject Leader.

At St Barnabas we are passionate about reading and writing. We aim to develop a love of reading for pleasure and children are given plenty of opportunities to read and write across the curriculum.



Phonics sessions are taught daily in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. They follow the order of  ‘Letters and Sounds’ and teach children the Jolly Phonics actions and songs to help them learn the phonemes in a way that caters for all learning styles. They are taught following a six phase programme and follow the same lesson structure each day for 20 minutes. All phonics sessions follow the same four part teaching sequence:

•Revisit and review- where previously taught sounds are revised.

•Teach- new sounds or tricky words are taught.

•Practice- reading and writing letters and words with the new sound in.

•Apply- read and writing caption and sentences with the new sound in.

At the end of Year 1 your child will complete a phonics assessment which is made up of real and nonsense words. This assesses how well children can use their knowledge of phonics to read words. You will be told your child’s result at the end of Year 1 and if your child has or has not met the benchmark grade. If your child doesn’t achieve the benchmark grade then further intensive support will be given in Year 2.

Have a look at all of the great things we have been learning in English this year.

World Book Day 2021

This year we have focused on the book ‘The Colour Monster’. This is a lovely story that talks about different feelings. We thought this was a great book to focus on after the challenging year our children have faced.

All of our staff have created our own version of The Masked Singer but as ‘The Masked Reader’. Can you guess who is behind each mask? Our children loved guessing  who was behind each mask!

We held an ‘Extreme reading’ competition. Look at all of the amazing places where our children read their stories.


World Book Day 2020

For World Book Day this year, each class focused on the story ‘The day the crayons quit’. The day started with a book hunt in our library and then some of our juniors dressed as crayons and performed the story. Each class used the story as a stimulus and then innovated their own stories focussing on chairs, rubber, glue sticks or rulers who quit. Throughout the day Mrs Ham came into our classes and performed stories in a ‘Stop, Drop and Read’ session. Our class teachers also swapped to different classes and read their favourite stories. Our junior children also read to our infants. We had a great day, please look below at the fun things we did.

Translate »