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World Book Day 2021

World Book Day Winners

Caught Reading winners:

Lydia M    

Penelope T            

Nathan A

Albert P                  

Deacon N


Design a Mr men or Little Miss character winners:

Oak – Eveleyn C for Little Miss Holiday

Horse Chestnut – Connie Mae N for Little Miss Daffodil

Silver Birch – Joseph R for Mr TTRS

Sycamore – Kaiden W-S for Mr Covid Safe

Willow – Isla W-S for LittleMiss Covid


Fancy Dress winners:

Oak - Eliza C as Little Miss Sparkle

Horse Chestnut – Oliver as Mr Tickle

Silver Birch – Harrison M as Mr Strong

Sycamore – Eva as Little Miss Sunshine

Willow – Freya as Little Miss Mermaid


At Walesby, we use the Reciprocal Reading approach for teaching reading in class, which follows four main areas to help the children to understand, enjoy and analyse a text.


These areas are:

  • Prediction - what do you think is going to happen?
  • Clarification - what are the meanings of unfamiliar words or where are places?
  • Questioning - these follow the content domain from the National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2
  • Summarising - what have you read about?


Children's decoding and comprehension reading ages are assessed termly so that we can ensure children are on the appropriate level book band for their stage of learning. Children are encouraged to read daily and half-termly rewards are given for achieving a certain number of reads.


Children are also able to choose a book themselves from our library to enjoy at home with their parents and carers, alongside their book banded reading book.


Book recommendations for quality children's literature

Have a look at the suggested texts for FS2, KS1 and KS2 and read something new today!

Stories and Rhymes

Rising Stars Reading Planet


All children now have access to Rising Stars Reading Planet Online. Each child has an individual username and password and this can be accessed via:


If you are having difficulties with this link, add the Centre ID which is 238488.


Books have been allocated for each child and class teachers will be regularly checking and updating with new books when your child has finished.


After reading the book there are comprehension questions for your child to answer verbally so that you can support them with their understanding of the text. Once these are complete, there is also a quiz to have a go at. Make sure you press the ‘submit’ button after you’ve done each question. Your results will be sent to your teacher to see how you have got on and then they will be able to assign you a new reading book  Enjoy these lovely new online reading books!



We follow the Jason Wade 'Sounds and Syllables' approach to spelling. Each word is broken down into its syllables and then each of the sounds, within each syllable, are identified.


Children have weekly 'Sounds and Syllables' spelling lessons, which link directly to the spellings they take home to learn for weekly tests.


The use of sounds and syllables to support spelling is promoted across the curriculum.

Spelling support
Phonics at Walesby

Grammar and Punctuation

Grammar sessions are taught using Jason Wade's 'Rainbow Grammar' system.


Children learn about a key grammatical concept that they are able to link to a colour and build up their sentence construction ,throughout school, using more complex forms of grammar as they progress towards year six.


Grammar is taught within a sequence of work in English, not in isolation.


In addition to this, 'Daily Grammar' morning tasks help the children to revisit and recall prior learning.

Rainbow grammar progression

Grammar and punctuation support


Writing is taught using Pie Corbett's 'Talk for Writing' approach.

Quality texts are shared, enjoyed and discussed in each class. Their structure is broken down and used to support the children in their own writing.


Children will:

  • orally rehearse sentences
  • complete shared writing tasks
  • use pictures as prompts for writing
  • use sentence types as a model for supporting their own work


Children edit and improve their writing using headings such as sentence patterns, technical elements, and ambitious vocabulary to help them identify strengths within their writing, as well as looking for areas for improvements.