The English curriculum is about more than just mastering Literacy skills; it is also about providing activities that extend children’s learning through new experiences and opportunities. This year, children in KS2 have been able to extend their writing skills through rewarding and memorable Literacy workshops with well-known authors and poets through Authors Abroad, A.I.M. High. They had the pleasure of working with and writing for Rob Bradley, Colin Parsons and Damian Harvey.
We have, within our community, many ex-pupils who have graduated from college and university and embarked on a vast range of successful careers. Year 5 recently had the pleasure of meeting Nabiha, a young published author who was shortlisted for the BBC Young Writers’ Award (2022) with Cambridge University. Her ambition was always to be a writer; indeed, her love of books and writing, together with her natural talent, ambition and resilience was evident from the moment she entered Year 5. The children (and staff) were in awe of her talent for writing short stories and her polished presentational skills.
Hobgoblin Theatre Company came into school in the New Year to perform pantomimes to both year groups: Hansel and Gretel to KS1 and The Wizard of Oz to KS2, both of which were thoroughly enjoyed by all the children.
Reading ‘The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark’, Year 2 brought the book to life by sitting in front of a virtual camp fire in the classroom, eating hot potatoes and drinking hot chocolate. How better to learn empathy with poor owl?