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Welcome to our English page!


Reading is like breathing in, Writing is like breathing out…

At The Queenswell Federation, we want all of our pupils to love their teaching and learning in all areas of English: Speaking and Listening,  Reading, Writing and Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation. Our aim is to develop confident, articulate and creative learners in English. We believe that immersing the children in a language rich environment will inspire and promote a love of Reading and Writing.

Our creative, broad and balanced curriculum follows a clear pathway of progression through from EYFS up to Year 6. We know that a secure foundation in English skills is crucial to children succeeding in all areas of the curriculum. We always ‘promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.' (National Curriculum 2014)


This page is here for all things to do with Reading and Writing. Please come and see me if you would like to share book reviews for books you have read or stories/poems that you have written and I will publish them on this page for you.


Little Wandle - Letters and Sounds Revised

At Queenswell, we teach phonics and reading using the Little Wandle phonics scheme along with the Big Cat Little Wandle reading books. These books that are directly linked with the Little Wandle phonics scheme are used in school when teaching reading in small groups. The book is then set for your child to read in their ebook library to practise and consolidate their learning at home.


Follow this link for support and guidance on how to help your child with their Phonics at home. 


Big Cat Little Wandle ebook library


The ebook has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.

Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.


Your child will be given individual login details for the Big Cat Little Wandle ebook library, where they will find a new book each week that has been selected by their teacher.

Please see the document below for support and guidance on logging in and using it.

Ideas for new books-  this link takes you to a great website that gives you all the latest books out for children including reviews. If you go to the kids zone section there are competitions for you to enter to win books too!

Also another great website for book reviews and giveaways is check it out. I have won several books for our Library through this website and it's all free. 




Here is a Reading pack for you to download and take part in the reading bingo challenge. It also has lots of new book recommendations to help you choose your next read! Why not take a photo of yourself taking part in the challenge?! If you send it to the school office, I can put it on this page for you!



Don't forget, if you have any old books that are still in good condition, you can always donate them to your class book corner. I have a stamp that I put in the book with your name on.


Videos of authors reading stories- this link is perfect if you are in between books but still want some storytime with authors reading their books to you!


These are just some of the new books in your Book Corners and Library. Look out for them!


Storytime Videos


Teaching handwriting 

We follow the Nelson handwriting scheme to enable our children to form their letters in the conventional way and write in a joined script which is neat, fluent and legible.

 The scheme provides a clear, practical framework for implementing and developing a whole school full of enjoyable activities. It offers full coverage of the technical aspects of writing (including letter formation, basic joins, printing, speedwriting and slant) and these are taught in purposeful and curriculum-relevant contexts, principally in the areas of phonics, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.

The Nelson programme goes from Reception through to Year 6.


The Nelson handwriting style

These links will help you support your child with their handwriting at home:

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar games to help you learn at home.

Click on the tabs at the top of the page for your age group. Have fun!