At St Bartholomew’s, children are taught writing skills through studying a range of both fiction and non-fiction texts including teacher produced models.

In Early Years and Key Stage 1, children are encouraged and supported to learn texts by heart, before trying to innovate them and gradually apply more independent changes to the model until they can write freely with confidence. In addition, in Key Stage 1, picture books and topic work are used as a stimulus for writing.

In Key Stage 2, children are taught to write through Novel Study and links are made to non-fiction texts. All of their writing is inspired by texts and they have an equal balance between fiction and non-fiction texts. Challenging texts are chosen to ensure that children have an excellent model for their own writing.

Curriculum - English


Curriculum - English - World Book Day

Well done to all children (and grown ups) for their efforts on their amazing costumes for World Book Day! 


Curriculum - English - Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Reception children have been practicing reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears using the story map that we wrote as a class. They did a great job of performing the story in front of camera!


Curriculum - English - Winter Poetry

Year 1 have enjoyed learning about winter poetry.


Curriculum - English - Pirates

This week children in class 8 enjoyed interviewing the famous pirate Blackbeard! The children were able to write their questions with correct punctuation - using question marks accurately. Three of our pupils then jumped into the hot seat and pretended to be Blackbeard and answered the questions from the class. They used their imagination and what they already knew about pirates and Blackbeard to give some impressive answers. They were all very convincing actors! We finished the lesson by learning a pirate song.


Curriculum - English - Spelling

Year 3 and year 4 had a fantastic time playing games to help them learn their spellings. We rolled the dice to find out which game to play and came up with some fantastic sentences using the words, full of conjunctions and fronted adverbial!


Curriculum - English - Poetry

Class 12 have been working hard practicing the performance of the lovely poem ‘I’m Walking With My Iguana.’ They have used bongos to keep a beat. 


Curriculum - English - Fiction and Non Fiction

Class 14 have enjoyed comparing and commenting on fiction and non fiction books. Children then presented their findings to the rest of the class.   


Curriculum - English - Compare & Contrast

Mr Needham visited class 13 and was very impressed by the compare and contrast activity taking place in English. Children were comparing and contrasting concentration camps with prisoner of war camps. Well done!