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The Summer Reading Challenge!!

Libraries are great places for children to discover reading for pleasure and there is no better time to do this than during the long summer holidays.

The Summer Reading Challenge is designed for children between the ages of 4 and 11. It is completely free and last year over three quarters of a million children took part.

Every year the Challenge has a new theme. This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is Animal Agents, illustrated by the UK’s best-selling children’s illustrator Tony Ross.

For 2017, there’s something peculiar happening at the local library – and that’s where the Animal Agents come in! It’s a detective agency manned by all kinds of clever animals – furry, scaly and slippery – and these guys are out to crack the case with a little help from their friends.

As children read library books on the Summer Reading Challenge, they will receive a host of stickers, some with mysterious smells. By collecting the stickers on their collector folder, young readers will help the Animal Agents find out what’s really been going on behind the scenes!

Animal Agents is a must for all eagle-eyed kids and will test their skills and ingenuity along the way. With the Agents on their side, solving these mysteries comes with a large helping of fun!

Pop into your local library for more details.



Children learn how to communicate effectively in a wide range of writing styles. We ensure the children have exciting and stimulating things to write about in different aspects of our curriculum.   Children are exposed to a range of different texts, videos and experiences to help them write purposeful, relevant pieces of work.  They learn how to organise their own work so it suits the purpose, and they are taught to edit and improve their writing, and do so regularly.


Children are taught about the way language works through their reading and writing and discuss the differences in spoken language and the written word. Specific grammar and punctuation content is assigned to particular year groups and matches the national curriculum expectations from 2014.


Children learn a range of different spelling patterns set out in our phonics and spelling programmes.  Click here for the phonic sounds.  Alongside a structured programme of spelling patterns and rules we teach children to read and spell exception or tricky words in each year group. Children are expected to learn particular spellings identified in their own work.


Cursive handwriting is begun in Reception. The main benefit of teaching cursive handwriting from the start is that children tend to reach fluency faster, whereas if they learn to print first and then learn to join up, it’s like learning two different languages. When children are able to join accurately and their writing is consistent in size they will be awarded with their pen license which allows them to write in pen.


Throughout the curriculum there is a strong emphasis on enabling children to use language to work together effectively. Research has shown the importance of the link between spoken language, learning and cognitive development. Through using language and hearing how others use it, children become able to describe the world, make sense of life's experiences and get things done. They learn to use language as a tool for thinking, collectively and alone.