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Communication is central to a child's development and very important in helping them make sense of their world.
We encourage speaking and listening in a variety of situations to develop children's competence and confidence.

  • This happens in a variety of situations for example through drama, play and all other areas of the curriculum.
  • To support this the school follows the National Literacy Strategy at key stages 1, 2 and 3, and we are resourced to follow the programmes of study for key stage 4.
  • All sites have wellstocked libraries in addition to book trolleys on the wards whereby children and young adults have easy access to a broad range of age appropriate reading materials.
  • All children across the school have access to language both through the Literacy Hour and other curriculum subjects. We use a wide range of fiction and information texts.
  • We celebrate children's writing across the school on our writing blog: WRITERS' INK


How we support children with English as an additional language

  • We encourage all pupils to speak, write and become fluent in English. In this way they have access to all subjects in the National Curriculum and enjoy more fully the many outings and art and music based activities on offer.
  • There is a wide range of visual, aural and general activities for children for whom English is an additional language.
  • An EAL teacher specialises in programmes geared to individual pupils. The programme covers all levels from beginner to advanced, across the Primary and Secondary curriculum.
  • Computer programmes, CDs, tapes, Internet sites, and Video Conferencing have proved to be great incentives. Whole family involvement is encouraged.
  • Using recording and laptop based writing, pupils progress at their own pace.
  • Among the staff a variety of languages are spoken from Irish to Hindi.

Poetry

  • Poetry encourages students to express and clarify feelings and thoughts new and old through the creation of poems, using rhythm and metaphor.
  • We work with The Fire Poet, a professional poet-performer who brings written words dramatically to life.
  • Students are inspired to write with real freedom, confidence and fearlessness, and often want to share what they've created.
  • Finished poems are often featured and championed on the school website.

 

Key stage 1 phonics programme
We use the Letters and Sounds phonics programme

English work produced by our students

Celebrating Women's Rights

Celebrating Women's Rights

Maya has been studying women's rights. She created this wonderful poster to celebrate the Suffragette's struggle to get the vote for women 100 years ago.

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Rubik

Rubik

Felix wanted to dress up as a Rubik’s cube on World Book day. Because Rubik did not feature in a book he decided to create his own story.

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Shaman from Transformice

Shaman from Transformice

Itai dressed up as Shaman from Transformice on World Book day. Because the character does not feature in a book he decided to create his own story.

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Spring inspired artwork and writing

Spring inspired artwork and writing

Hemeetha used the technique of pointillism using cotton buds and small wooden sticks to create the dots. Her writing was done when she imagined what would be happening during the...

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'I love books’ t-shirts

'I love books’ t-shirts

Students made ‘I love books’ t-shirts and wrote theirr favourite quotes on the back. One pupil wrote a quote from Northern Lights by Philip Pullman: ‘The evening sky was awash...

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World Book Day celebrations

World Book Day celebrations

For our World Book Day celebrations Snow White, Harry Potter and Leona the Unicorn Fairy visited children on the ward for interactive story time sessions. Each child was given a book...

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The Rap t storm

The Rap t storm

Sean wrote this powerful rap - check it out!

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I AM - a poem about Dragons!

I AM - a poem about Dragons!

Haroon wrote this amazing rhyming poem about dragons called I AM.

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Noshaba's review of our school

Noshaba wrote this thoughtful review of our hospital school. Thank you Noshaba!

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Dinovember

Dinovember

In the primary classroom we have started 'Dinovember' to inspire writing. Check our writing blog to see our work - writersink.cchs.org.uk

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