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 - Bengali Rap

Class 9 collaborated in their English lesson to perform ‘Bengali Rap’ - a poem by Benjamin Zephaniah from his anthology ‘Wicked world’. 


Curriculum - English - Poetry

In English we have been studying Kennings poetry. We wrote our own poems about Beowulf and couldn’t wait to perform to each other. 


Curriculum - English - Spelling

Class 10 had a great time with their spelling game. We rolled the dice to pick a challenge and worked hard to apply our spelling words for the week. Some of our partners were very harsh and only let us have to point if our sentences were spot on. We had a great time and had lots of fun learning.


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 - 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!


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 - Skellig

Class 16 continued to read Skellig by David Almond. Children focused on an extract from chapter 18 to develop their skills in using background knowledge to help their understanding of the text. Children then worked on highlighting words in pink they weren’t familiar with and using text to them decipher meaning. Well done class 16 - Mr Needham really enjoyed teaching the lesson!