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Communication and Language Development

 Welcome to our exciting curriculum page. We hope that you find this section interesting and that it gives you the opportunity to see all the wonderful things that we are doing throughout school. 



Our Curriculum team was started in Jan 2015 and since then we have been meeting on a regular basis to celebrate and to raise the profile of Reading, Writing, Languages and performances throughout school. 

One of our main ONGOING projects is putting together the Poppy Road Publisher - our school magazine - which is a fabulous way of showing everyone all the wonderful things going on in our school.

Our School Vision and Aims


All of the work we do is linked to our whole school vision and aims. We work together to help promote English and Language skills across all of areas of learning. 




The start of the new school year has seen some changes to the Communications and Languages Team. Please see the members of staff that have joined us and watch this space for our priorities for the coming year.

The Poppy Road Publisher will still be printed each term, with each class contributing photos, work, quizzes or art work and we are lucky for them to be professionally printed for us.



Mrs Sayles is a HLTA across school and is in charge of our library as well.




Mrs Haxby is a Year 3 teacher and she is in charge of Reading in Key Stage 2.



Mrs Dawson teaches in Year 2 and is the Deputy Headteacher. She is also the leader of English in our school.



Mrs Brownlow and Mrs Lyon teach in Year 1 and they are the leaders of Phonics and Early Reading.



Mr Castro is the MFL teacher in school and also covers PPT time and works at the after school club.



Reading Bingo Recommended Reads

The whole school have been learning poems to perform at our Harvest Festival on Wednesday 25th October. Do come along to be stunned by the children's amazing performances.

The Poppy Road Publisher is produced every term and is available from Mrs Haxby's classroom for 50p. It's full of articles from every class.

The Autumn edition 2017 will be out after half term - don't forget to get your copy!


How often to do visit the new library?

Children in KS1 can visit the gorgeous, new library EVERY MORNING PLAYTIME to borrow books to read, change books that have been read at home or to just sit and read in the library.

KS2 children can visit the library every Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday morning playtimes.


The library is stocked with 100's of books - fiction, non-fiction, picture books and poetry books. It has soft and comfy places to sit if you want to spend your playtime reading or browsing the books.


The library can only work effectively if all books are returned or renewed after a couple of weeks. At the end of each half term, Mrs Sayles and her hard working librarians will send out reminders to all children who have not returned their books for that half term before we can start borrowing them again.


Books are expensive so please try hard to look after them.


Our wonderful new library!

Flash Read 2015 The whole school read on the field for 20 minutes all together. It was brilliant!

Performance Poetry 


In the summer term 2015, every child in the school was involved in our first project. The project focused on learning and performing a poem ( off by heart) so that they could perform this to the rest of the school. The poems that the classes performed ranged from nursery rhymes  to traditional tales. 



On Friday 23rd October each class performed a poem of their choice, which was linked to a country of the Rugby World Cup, to the other classes within their phase.


During the afternoon, the children listened to and watched some visiting performers entertain us with their favourite poems. These included York City FC!

Years 1 and 2 performing on Poetry Day

Years 3 and 4 performing their poems on Poetry Day

Performance Poetry Day

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Harry Hill put in an appearance through a 'live' web link!

York City Football Club performed 'The Commentator' - a fantastic football poem that had us all rolling about with laughter.

Mrs Burroughs Snr (Matthew's grandma) performed a selection of poems from her childhood.

Tom (Mrs Bannister's brother) performed some funny - and slightly rude - poems that our children loved!

Mrs Goodwill (Dillon's Mum) performed, off by heart, Jabberwocky.

Mr Bannister (and Harry Hill) performed by video link some entertaining poems.frown

Pupil Voice


We asked our children to tell us a little bit about what they knew and enjoyed about performance poetry. 


Do you have a favourite poem that has been performed? 


Luca Davis Y3 " I love the York City Football one as it was very, very funny and creative."


Nola Daniells Y2 " Yes, I loved performing London Bride is falling down."


Jackson SmitheyY1 " I liked it when we performed Autumn Leaves. It was about the leaves falling down from the tree."


Lexie Backhouse Y2 " I like the poem we're learning with Miss Boluda because you get to learn Spanish"


Noah Grice Y6 " The best poem I have read is a poem that me and my friend Milo made up to perform. It was really funny!" 


What have you learnt about poetry? 


Eve Innes Y5 " I have learnt that poetry is a fun way to rhyme and perform  on your own and with your friends!"


Isaac Goodall Y4 " If you want to perform you must have a loud, slow and clear voice."


Bracken Beckitt Y4 " I have learnt that there are different types of poems. Some with facts and some that rhyme."