Bedwell School,
Bedwell Crescent,
Herts, SG1 1NJ

01438 351198


Miss E Shaw

© Bedwell Primary
School, 2019


"The profile of reading is rising in the school through events, such as the ‘Spooktacular’ reading week and the high-quality reading corners in each class, and reading challenges are encouraging more reading at home."


    English is the base on which every other subject builds. Learning English means learning to communicate through reading, writing, speaking and listening - and doing it well requires a huge range of skills. As a result, we all have English lessons every day, and spend more time on English than on any other subject.

    To help speed-up our progress in reading, phonics and spelling (in particular), we use the Read Write Inc programme from Nursery to Year 2. Every day, children are taught in small groups, alongside others who are at the same phonics or spelling level as them, in addition to whole-class English teaching. They focus on specific sounds each day, and read and write texts which include only the sounds they know - so that everyone can read, write and spell with confidence, making rapid progress as a result.

    Over the last two years, we have also developed our writing through participation in the Primary Writing Project, using learnt-texts, shared writing and an 'imitation, innovation, invention' process that we follow in English throughout the school.

    We also prise reading particularly highly (as shown by the enthusiasm with which our entire school community engaged with both our Reading Week and World Book Day. Throughout the school, we work our way through a levelled reading scheme, which follows the OUP Levels numbering system, but also includes a wide and varied selection of books from other publishers and sources.

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  • The whole school got involved in celebrating this year's World Book Day on March 7th. We were invited to dress up as our favourite storybook character and really rose to the challenge, with some fantastic homemade costumes covering everything from The Very Hungry Catterpillar and Postman Pat to Harry Potter and even a Demon Dentist... [ read more ]


  • Ladybirds have been learning about persuasive letters this term, using their Fairytales topic to give their writing an exciting context. The letter was trying to convince the wolf to be good and what he could do instead of being mean. They worked in small groups, trying to persuade each other to change. Some of the wolves were very scary but did turn good in the end... [ read more ]


  • Our Spooktacular Reading Week was a massive success, involving every member of the school in workshops, library visits, author talks, competitions, book swaps and our Big Read... [ read more ]


  • Year 3/4 have continued their topic on dragons - but they moved our focus to concentrate on writing explanation texts. In Week 1 of the unit they spent the whole morning covering our classroom in glue, paint and sticky tape to create models of our dragon traps. The design brief was to design a trap that would catch but not harm our dragons... [ read more ]
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  • In Year 2, Squirrels and Hedgehogs have been learning about reports. Their shared text was a report on Firefighters (linking in with their work on People who help us) - which was a great excuse for a visit to the Fire Station... [ read more ]



How you can help
Top ideas for supporting your
children at home...

There is no more valuable thing you can do at home than hear your child read regularly. All children have a book from the school reading scheme which they should take home every night, and we strongly encourage every child to read to an adult for at least 20 minutes every day.






Topic plans
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