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English Curriculum at William Bellamy
At William Bellamy Primary School, we recognise that Literacy skills underpin every other element of the school curriculum.
We strive to provide a stimulating curriculum of a very high standard which aims to develop each learner’s phonic, reading and writing abilities to the best of their individual needs on which they are then, further encouraged, to apply to all real life encounters, both within the school and the wider community.
Michael Rosen Visits William Bellamy!
William Bellamy were over the moon when Michael Rosen came and spent the day at our school; what a day it was! The children and staff celebrated the opening of our new school library bus, which has been a massive project for William Bellamy over the last two years. During Michael’s visit, he performed his poetry for KS1 and KS2 and he signed books after school for children and staff over 2 hours. It was a wonderful experience that we will all remember forever. We now look forward to children using our new library bus and enjoying our brand new books!
World Book Day
Children and staff at William Bellamy had a marvellous time dressing up as their favourite book characters for World Book Day! We had a super day filled with creative learning based around our favourite books! Check out the pictures below.
Valerie Bloom visits William Bellamy!
We were so honoured to have famous author and poet Valerie Bloom visit our school. She ran exciting workshops for each year group and children were lucky enough to get a book signed! What a super day!
Pupil’s Pen Petition
At William Bellamy Primary, pupil voice matters! So when Mrs Massar received a petition from pupils in Year 6 that raised their concerns about our new handwriting pens, we knew we needed to take action. Have a look at the petition below:
We wanted to give children the opportunity to sample an alternative brand, so we gave each child who signed the petition a new pen to trial for a week.
Check out the trial pens in action!
After the trial period was over, we took feedback from the children to make a decision about whether we should invest in these handwriting pens for the whole school. The verdict was…… a definite yes! Pupils thought the new pens: smudged less, were easier to grip and enabled them to use cursive writing more effectively. Due to the incredibly positive feedback, we have now ordered these pens for the whole school J
Thank you Year 6 for bringing your concerns to our attention. Because of the mature and proactive initiative you demonstrated, you have made a positive change to all pupils at William Bellamy. Well done!
We sent David Almond (author of Skellig) a tweet to show him Year 6’s fantastic Skellig learning and he tweeted us back!! Wow Year 6…we are so proud. What an exciting day! Check out the photos of the tweet below!
Power of Reading Showcase
We showcased some excellent examples of our English learning at a Power of Reading event and everyone who attended was very impressed with the high standard from the children at William Bellamy Primary School. We have amazing, creative learning happening in our classrooms and we loved showing it off! Well done to all children at William Bellamy for your fantastic English learning! Check out the pictures below.
At William Bellamy Primary School we aim for all children to read with confidence, fluency and understanding. We strive for all children to be motivated, independent readers, who truly enjoy reading for a range of purposes. Children are exposed to a wide range of genres and multi-media texts during guided reading, whole class reciprocal reading, English lessons and home reading. We use high quality texts that have been recommended by 'The Power of Reading' which emphasise the importance of books and literature in enabling children to become confident, happy and enthusiastic readers and writers, with all the benefits this brings.
We all love to read at William Bellamy and we believe our children deserve a relaxing and comfortable place to cosy down with a book...
with this in mind we have created some inspirational reading environments for our pupils which we have entitled our "Book Nooks"! Come and have a look... Which one is your favourite?
At William Bellamy Primary School we aim for all children to write with confidence, creativity and pride. We strive for all children to be motivated, independent writers, who truly enjoy writing for a range of purposes. We have a ‘talk for writing’ approach where all EYFS and KS1 staff are trained as Every Child a Talker (ECAT) to further develop children’s receptive and expressive language. Across KS1 and 2, we have a ‘no pens days’ at the start of each genre, in order to give children opportunities to creatively immerse themselves in a genre through Speaking and Listening activities.
We understand the importance of exposing children to a rich variety of high quality texts, therefore, planning is based on a text which covers all relevant genres. At William Bellamy Primary School, we use the principles of Writing Mastery in order to influence our planning. This enables children to experience a rich, engaging and authentic approach to prepare them for their writing.