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.

This term's top work blank

  • 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 ]


  • Ladybirds learnt about instructions, building on their shared text, How to Make a Pizza. They looked at the way instructions are structured, followed recipes to make a variety of things to sell at the Christmas Fayre, and then made their own instructions for an improved version of Santa's sleigh... [ read more ]


  • 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 ]


  • Year 3/4 have worked on Science Fiction stories, based around their class text - a mysterious adventure called Alien Landing. They learnt how to use scientific vocabulary, time openers and short impact sentences to add drama and excitement to their writing - and you can read some great examples of their outcomes on each class page... [ 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.






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