Our Intent for English at Foxhills Junior School
At Foxhills Junior School, our intent is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
Children will acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language in order to write clearly accurately and coherently for a wide variety of purposes.
At Foxhills, they will experience opportunities to read widely and often from a rich and varied literary diet to develop a lifelong habit and love of reading, for both pleasure and information. As well as communicating through reading and writing, children’s spoken language skills are developed through discussion in order to learn, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
Children will leave Foxhills with the necessary skills to communicate their ideas precisely and confidently in a wide range of media to a wide range of audiences.
Spelling Bee Awards
The Foxhills Junior School Spelling Bee Awards are a way to encourage children to learn the statutory spelling list words for Key Stage 2. These words are set out in the National Curriculum and are words that children should be able to spell correctly in their writing.
- The Blue and Yellow word lists are Key Stage 1 words, designed to help boost those children less confident with spellings.
- The Bronze, Silver and Gold lists cover the Year 3 and 4 statutory words.
- The Bronze Star, Silver Star and Gold Star Awards cover the Year 5 and 6 statutory words.
- A special Master Speller Award can be given to a child who has achieved the above awards and is consistently spelling these words correctly in their writing.
For each award, children receive a badge, certificate and stamp in their handbook.
Gold and Gold Star Awards are presented in our Friday Celebration Assembly!
When they are ready, children can come and be tested for an award on a Tuesday or Wednesday lunchtime at 12:15.
Use the links below to access the word lists, plus a range of fun games and strategies to practise spellings at home.
All children have been given a login for Spelling Shed, an online program which allows children to practise their spellings in a fun way online.
Follow this link to access the login page: https://play.edshed.com/login
Recommended Reading Lists Years 3-6
In your child's handbook, there are recommended reading lists for each year of Key Stage 2. The books are acclaimed fiction books that cover a range of interests and reading levels. We encourage your child to take on the challenge of reading as many books as they can from each list each year, whether they read these independently, or listen to them read aloud.
Copies of all of the books can be found in our school library.
If you would like further recommendations for books for your child, including non-fiction and poetry, please follow the links below:
Our English Curriculum
Below are our English Walls, which outline the progression of reading and writing skills children will learn and practise during each year at Foxhills Junior School.
You can also find our progression of Spelling teaching, showing the spelling rules covered in each year group.