Bedwell School,
Bedwell Crescent,
Herts, SG1 1NJ

01438 351198


Miss E Shaw

© Bedwell Primary
School, 2018


"The profile of reading is rising in the school through events, such as the ‘Spooktacular’ reading week and the high-quality reading corners in each class, and reading challenges are encouraging more reading at home."


    English is the base on which every other subject builds. Learning English means learning to communicate through reading, writing, speaking and listening - and doing it well requires a huge range of skills. As a result, we all have English lessons every day, and spend more time on English than on any other subject.

    To help speed-up our progress in reading, phonics and spelling (in particular), we use the Read Write Inc programme from Nursery to Year 2. Every day, children are taught in small groups, alongside others who are at the same phonics or spelling level as them, in addition to whole-class English teaching. They focus on specific sounds each day, and read and write texts which include only the sounds they know - so that everyone can read, write and spell with confidence, making rapid progress as a result.

    This year, we are taking part in the Primary Writing Project, which aims to improve writing through learnt-texts, shared writing and an 'imitation, innovation, invention' process that we follow in English throughout the school.

    We also prise reading particularly highly (as shown by the enthusiasm with which our entire school community engaged with both our Reading Week and World Book Day. Throughout the school, we work our way through a levelled reading scheme, which follows the OUP Levels numbering system, but also includes a wide and varied selection of books from other publishers and sources.

This term's top work blank

  • Our Spooktacular Reading Week was a massive success, involving every member of the school in workshops, library visits, author talks, competitions, book swaps and our Big Read... [ read more ]


  • Year 1 had great fun acting out the story of The Papaya That Spoke and playing freeze frame. They learnt the story by heart and then focussed on the use of speech within the text. They then changed the story by innovating the characters and the different things that spoke and used this process to create brand new stories of their own... [ read more ]


  • Year 5's writing last half-term focussed on recounts and, in particular, biographies. Their unit was tied to our topic of Ancient Greece and they learnt about the lives of Greek heroes, such as Theseus, Perseus and Achilles. They studied the features required in a biography and then produced detailled, informed pieces of writing of our own. You can see an example of their work here.

  • Year 2 have been exploring Tales of Fear, focussing on including speech in their writing, including the correct use of speech marks, whilst also working on general sentence structure (working to using full stops and capital letters with 100% accuracy). Having learnt the model story, they were able to use this as a base for their own writing, producing their own Tales of Fear that was broken into clear sections, with an opening, build up, problem, solution and ending... [ read more ]


  • Year 6 have been learning about instructional writing, devising their own ways to trap or destroy mythical monsters, tying in (loosely) with their Groovy Greeks topic. Supported by lots of shared writing, they wrote these ’How to use…’ pieces independently, spending lots of time editing their work, assessing each others writing and supporting other members of the class in improving their work. They then presented their final pieces using ICT - click on the thumbnails below to view two examples:



  • Earlier in the term, Year 6 completed their first fiction unit of the year, examining, exploring and then writing their own genre-shifting stories - you can find out more about them (and read some brilliant examples) here.




How you can help
Top ideas for supporting your
children at home...

There is no more valuable thing you can do at home than hear your child read regularly. All children have a book from the school reading scheme which they should take home every night, and we strongly encourage every child to read to an adult for at least 20 minutes every day.






Topic plans
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