Norbreck Primary Academy Whatever We Do,
We Do It Well


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A very warm welcome to our English page. Below you will find information for parents about English at Norbreck and also lots of fun websites for children.




​National Poetry Day 6th October 2016

​Book Fair in the Community Hall, 3.15-3.45, 5th-11th October 2016

​Book at Bedtime for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, Thursday 24th November 2016

​World Book Day Thursday 2nd March 2017

​Book Fair in the Community Hall, 18th-24th May 2017



Book at Bedtime 2016

Competence in reading, writing, speaking and listening is encouraged throughout the curriculum in order to enable the children to communicate appropriately and effectively. Daily English lessons are taught in every year group. You will find more information about the key English skills for each year group at the bottom of this page.
Please have a look at the information below to find out more about English at Norbreck. There are also some websites for parents and children.

Our aim at Norbreck Primary is to ensure that children develop as effective readers using the skills they have acquired in a confident manner and developing a love of reading that they will have throughout their lives. To do this we aim to teach the children to read accurately, fluently and with understanding, encouraging and developing their responses to the texts they read.

We use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme in Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2.
Your child’s reading book will be changed regularly so please make sure they remember to bring it into school and hand it into their class teacher. The Oxford Reading Tree books that we use are in a Colour Band system e.g. pink, green, yellow and not a staged/ number system. This offers the children a breadth of reading across their level. Please read regularly with your child, asking them questions about what they have just read to ensure they understand it. Also, reading to your child will help them develop language, listening and comprehension skills as well as encouraging an enjoyment of books.
Other ways to encourage reading include joining your local library. They often have lots of new books and activities throughout the holidays.
There are some handouts at the bottom of this page with further information about the development of readers and tips for Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 readers. 


Much of the teaching of reading is based on the phonics system and children are taught the sounds and groups of sounds to help them in constructing words.
Reading together at home is one of the easiest but most important ways in
which you can help your child. To support your child in becoming an effective and confident reader please help them to develop their knowledge of phonics (letter sounds) to enable them to decode different words they may come across.


Our aim is to develop the children’s understanding of the written language by purposeful activity so that the children can see themselves as writers. To do this we aim to give children the opportunity to produce wide-varied forms of writing for different audiences. Through these experiences they can use writing to develop ideas and communicate meaning to a reader using wide ranging vocabulary and an effective style.

Extended Writing
In Years 1-6, children complete extended writes.
These are called 'Big Writes' in KS1 and are special extended writes giving children the chance to improve their writing by focusing on Vocabulary (wow words), Conjunctions (joining words), Openers and Punctuation. For more information, take a look at the handout below

Reading at Norbreck