English 2019-2020

English Intent Statement:
At Sandy Hill Academy, we strive to provide our children with the highest quality, engaging teaching of English. We aim for each child to become a lover of English and how each skill taught, whether that be in Reading, Phonics, Writing or Grammar, will support development and success across the curriculum.
Reading and Phonics
From our earliest readers, through to our most confident, we aim to provide the children with a love of reading. Daily phonics is taught across EYFS and Key Stage 1, which tools the children with the skills to segment, blend and decode words. These skills are then built upon through the school, with daily spelling games and strategies being provided, which continues to equip our children with the confidence to continue to tackle unfamiliar and difficult words.
Our staff take every opportunity to celebrate and enjoy reading with the children in our school. Each class enjoys regular reading time and discussions about books.
Across the school, we aim to continue our enjoyment of independent reading through the utilisation of Oxford Reading Buddy and Accelerated Reader. More information can be found below about these programs.
We aim to provide the children at Sandy Hill the skills to become excellent, engaging writers. We intend to develop the ability to structure, produce and edit writing which is fit for purpose and engages the reader. Each class will produce writing based on a modeled piece, which has been carefully constructed by our teachers. Through this writing, each year group will be exposed to the spelling and grammar age related objectives from the National Curriculum, which supports the children in being able to learn and apply them in their own writing.
Every half term, we celebrate the fantastic writing happening in each year group by holding our 'Award Winning Writing' assembly. This provides a vital opportunity to celebrate writing across the school, with each winning piece being proudly displayed for all to see.
For more information on the English learning across the school, be sure to check our class blogs.
Maple, our reading dog, has been enjoying spending some time in the library and relaxing with a few stories.
Oxford Reading Buddy
New for this year is our online reading coach for our KS1 and EYFS children. Children will have access to thousands of eBooks, as well have the opportunity to demonstrate their comprehension skills of their school reading book. See the link below as well as the parents' guide to the online resource.
Award Winning Writing
This year, we have launched our half-termly Award Winning Writing celebration. The first winners across the school have been selected by their teachers for showing a flair for writing. Each child's work is proudly presented as you enter the school. We cannot wait to see what fantastic writing will be selected for our next celebration before Christmas.
Bedtime Stories
Our children and staff thoroughly enjoyed our annual Bedtime Stories event. From Reception to Year 2, parents and children were welcomed into school to enjoy a story and also be provided with some vital information to support with reading at home.
A big thank you to all who attended and we look forward to more reading events in the future.
National Poetry Day 2019
Across the school, we celebrated National Poetry Day 2019 by reading, analysing, writing and performing poetry. 
Year 6 have written some incredible letters based on Carrie's War to link in with our World War 2 topic. These letters described the emotions of an evacuee character, whilst showcasing their understanding of Year 6 punctuation.
Across Key Stage 1, each class have been working hard to develop their handwriting skills.
Summer Reading Challenge
A big well done to all those who took part in the Summer Reading Challenge 2019. Each year, we are proud to support this summer reading scheme. Here are some of our Year 2 pupils receiving their certificates.

Spelling in the National Curriculum in England

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

The National Curriculum for Year 1 states that pupils should be taught to:

  • Spell words containing each of the 40+ phonemes already taught
  • Spell common exception words (such as the and was)
  • Spell the days of the week
  • Name the letters of the alphabet
  • Add some prefixes (such as un–) and suffixes (such as –ing and –ed) to words

In Year 2, children’s knowledge of spelling is assessed by a teacher assessment of children’s writing. There is also an optional grammar, punctuation and spelling test that schools can choose to use to help them make an assessment about children’s understanding in these areas. The National Curriculum for Year 2 states that pupils should be taught to:

  • Use knowledge of phonics to spell words correctly
  • Learn new ways of spelling phonemes for which one or more spellings are already known, and learn some words with each spelling, including a few common homophones (such as there/they’re/their )
  • Spell common exception words (such as because)
  • Spell more words with contracted forms (such as it’s)
  • Learn the possessive apostrophe (singular)
  • Add suffixes to spell longer words (including –ment, and –ly)

Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)

In Years 3 and 4, children in English schools will continue to develop their spelling. The National Curriculum outlines the spelling rules that children will learn in Year 3 and Year 4:

  • Use further prefixes and suffixes and understand how to add them (such as dis– and –sure)
  • Spell further homophones (such as except/accept)
  • Spell words that are often misspelt
  • Use the possessive apostrophe accurately (plurals)
  • Use the first two or three letters of a word to check its spelling in a dictionary

The National Curriculum for Years 5 and 6 expects children to be able to:

  • Use further prefixes and suffixes and understand the guidance for adding them (such as –able and –ible)
  • Spell some words with ‘silent’ letters (such as knight)
  • Continue to distinguish between homophones and other words which are often confused
  • Use knowledge of morphology and etymology in spelling
  • Use dictionaries to check the spelling and meaning of words
  • Use a thesaurus

By the end of Year 6, children are expected to understand and be able to meet the challenging spelling demands outlined in the National Curriculum.

(Source: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/at-school/subject-guides/spelling-at-primary-school/)


The Importance of Reading

Reader 1

Reads for 1 minute a day.

180 minutes per school year.

8,000 words per school year.

Will probably do 10% better in a test than if they didn’t read at all.


Reader 2

Reads for 5 minutes a day.

900 minutes per school year.

282,000 words per school year.

Will probably do 50% better in a test than if they didn’t read at all.


Reader 3

Reads for 20 minutes a day.

3,600 minutes per school year.

1,800,000 words per school year.

Will probably do 90% better in a test than if they didn’t read at all.
Our staff love to read! Have a look at some of the places we have been caught getting stuck into a good book.
Grace Bawden (an ex Sandy Hill pupil) volunteered at St Austell library this summer to help with the reading challenge. Her love of reading (and her empathy for young children) was fostered during her time as a pupil at Sandy Hill Academy, which she attended from Nursery to Year 6. Grace is currently in Year 10 at Penrice Academy.
We LOVE to read!
Here are some other well-known faces discussing their favourite books and what they love about them.
We also really like this 'Must Read Top 100'. How many have you read?