English is taught in an engaging way at Trinity St. Mary's and our staff focus on encouraging a love of reading and on developing the strands of English across the curriculum.
A love of books, of reading and the enjoyment of reading form the heart of our English teaching:
‘The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.’ Mark Twain
The teaching of reading begins with the teaching of phonics using Letters and Sounds which leads onto word recognition, in particular, those tricky words which do not follow a pattern and then onto comprehension. Our reading scheme is the Oxford Reading Tree in Key Stage 1. In Key Stage 2 we have a fully stocked library with a selection of books for children to use.
With the richness of the stories and the beautiful writing in the texts we use and discuss in the classroom, we attempt to foster a life-long love of reading while also providing plenty of opportunities for children to encounter unfamiliar language, helping to develop their vocabulary and giving them the chance to practise their word-reading.
This page will guide you towards useful websites, documents and strategies to support learning at home.There are links to ideas to help you support your child with phonics, including the correct pronunciation of letter sounds and blends, and sites to help you choose exciting reading books for your child. I hope you find this page helpful.
If you have any suggestions for how we can develop this aspect of the site, please use the 'Enquiry Form' on the CONTACT US part of the website.
Words for LifeAn excellent site with tips and info for the whole family broken down into 'Milestone' ages for your child's developing communication skills. There are suggestions for activities to help your child develop skills at different stages, even at the baby stage.
Teach Your Monster to ReadCombining top quality games design with essential learning, the game is built on the principles of synthetic phonics and follows the teaching sequence of the Letters and Sounds programme.
The Guardian's Children's Books SiteA very useful site for resources and ideas to encourage your children to read. It has book reviews, discussions and interviews with authors. Lots for all the family.
A story making centre in ChelmsfordThis centre holds workshops and activities for children of all ages. Famous authors are also invited regularly to inspire young people to write.There are activities taking place during holidays, after school and at the weekend; but you need to act fast to book places!
Find a book your child will want to read!This site will give you lots of ideas for choosing books for or with your child. There are suggestions for each age group, reluctant readers and dyslexia friendly books.You can even download for free an opening extract if you register! Have fun browsing!
Read and Write PoetryRead poetry or write a poem, submit it and if you're lucky you may get it published on line!