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Literacy Faculty Leader
Year 5 Teacher
We live in an environment where written text is all around us and we use the fundamentals of reading and writing in our daily lives. This is why at Emmaus we believe That English should be at the heart of all aspects of school life.
At Emmaus we aim to deliver a high quality English curriculum that gives the children the best possible opportunities to become confident and successful readers and writers with a deep love and understanding of the English language. We believe the development of reading and writing skills is central to improving a child's life chances.
Our teachers have high expectations for all the children to achieve and enjoy the art of writing and to be able to use the skills they acquire in a range of contexts. We promote reading throughout the curriculum and children are taught to develop their reading skills every day. We strive to ensure all children can communicate clearly in written form and become masters of language.
Children are given daily opportunities to explore and develop their reading and writing skills through a number of rich, engaging and creative activities in order to prepare them for the world they live in.
We understand the importance of writing and language in our lives and we are committed to ensuring we do our very best to help the children in our care become creative writers and successful readers.
Congratulations to the following children who entered the Young Writers' Poetry Patrol competition and as a result have been chosen to have their work published! The book of poetry will be ready in February 2019 and we can't wait to see our very own copy. Well done Year 1H.
The children really enjoyed the performance by Altru Theatre company.
I enjoyed it when Taylor went on a journey and she realised her mistake. The music was very lively so it created a good atmosphere.
Harry Jennings 5M
I enjoyed the play because there was a lesson to be learnt and it took you on a journey from being a bully to being a kind respectful person. One of the lessons was to respect other people’s uniqueness.
Ava Gawne 5M
We have signed up to take part in the 100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge – a national reading initiative from education charity Achievement for All. The challenge will begin on World Book Day (Thursday 1st March 2018) and run until Thursday 15th March. All children at Emmaus will try to collectively read for 100 million minutes!
During the week, each class have been very busy reading a range of books that have been made into films.
Children from Nursery through to Year 6 enjoyed reading books such as: The Gruffalo, Where the Wild Things Are, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, Charlotte’s Web and Holes.
On Wednesday we hosted Pick ‘n’ Mix Theatre to perform ‘Wind in the Willows’.
The children loved the lively and interactive production.
The Wind in the Willows performance was fantastic. I enjoyed it when Mr. Toad pretended to be a maid so he could escape from prison and the music was very lively so it created a great atmosphere.
Kevin Ntungane 5M
I enjoyed Pick ‘n’ Mix theatre because it was very lively. They played musical instruments and they were great actors.
Sadie Holden 5M
Our families have played a huge part in making this year’s book week a great success. On Monday we opened our doors and invited Infant parents in to read with us. On Tuesday we welcomed our parents into school for story telling sessions with the librarians.
Book Week in EYFS
Click the links below to see how we celebrated Book Week in Nursery and Reception...
Crazy Creatures Writing Competition
Year four children entered a writing competition in March 2017. They had to write a short story (100 words) about a crazy creature. The stories were very creative! Well done year four!
This week, all children at Emmaus submitted a piece of handwriting into the National Handwriting Competition. Judging will take place in April and prize winners will be notified on the 24th. Good luck everyone.
During the week, each year group have been very busy reading stories from around the world. This has given the children the opportunity to experience a world outside of their own and bring it into the classroom. They have also learnt to appreciate a culture that they may not have even considered.
Children from Nursery through to Year 6 enjoyed reading books such as Handa’s Surprise, Tiger Child, Anansi and the Spider, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, Journey to Jo’burg and Holes.
On Tuesday, we welcomed Ghanaian storyteller Miso’shi into school. The children enjoyed her exciting drama, storytelling and drumming assembly and workshops.
Please click the link below to see how we celebrated Book Week in Reception and Nursery...
Here are just a selection of the 600 books that have been ordered for our home reading scheme. A big thank you to 'Friends of Emmaus' who contributed greatly to the cost of the books. Children will be able to enjoy reading them for homework in September.
Year 4 information
Monday (dates below) 3.15 - 4.15 in Miss Williams' (4W) classroom.
Monday 13th June
Monday 20th June
Monday 27th June
Monday 4th July
Monday 11th July
Monday 18th July
Year 5 Information
Monday (dates below) 3.15 - 4.15 in Mrs Murphy's (5M) classroom.
Monday 13th June
Thursday 30th June
Monday 4th July
Monday 11th July
Monday 18th July
The children will be reading 'The World's Worst Children' by David Walliams. We will be reading one short story each week and then the children will be participating in art, drama and craft activities. Your child is very welcome to bring their own copy of the book with them to book club. I know that lots of children have already purchased a copy.
The 11th Worst Child - Competition
During the book club sessions, the year 4/5 children will be preparing drawings and a short piece of writing in order to create the 11th worst child.
To submit the children's entries, please copy and paste the link below into your browser. Each child (with parent/ guardian supervision) will need to individually submit their entry. The winner will have their creation illustrated by the brilliant illustrator Tony Ross.
Alternatively, if your child is arty, they could create a drawing of themselves. Copy and paste the link into your browser.
Children should be collected from the school entrance at the end of the club.
Photographs of the children will follow.
During the week, each year group have been very busy delving deeply into an author's life and body of work. Children from Nursery through to Year 6 have enjoyed reading books by successful authors such as Oliver Jeffers, Kes Grey, David Walliams, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Shaun Tan.
On Tuesday we welcomed visiting author David Webb. The children were inspired by his story telling assembly and author talk and the Key Stage 2 children enjoyed his exciting writing workshops.
The Book Fair was once again a great success and we raised valuable money for new school books in the process. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our families who have supported us with this, our Friends of Emmaus who have helped to staff the Book Fair and the children themselves for their enthusiasm throughout the week.
Our families have played a huge part in making this years Book Week a great success. On Tuesday and Wednesday we welcomed Nursery and Reception parents into school for story telling sessions with the librarian. On Thursday we opened our doors and invited Infant parents to read with us.
Our Reading Champions are a team of children from each year group who show a keen interest in books. Once every half term, the ‘Champions’ meet with Mrs Murphy,the Literacy leader, to talk about books for their age range (taken from the BookTrusts best 100 list). Their role is to make other readers around the school aware of a wider range of new and exciting or best loved authors.They might make posters, write book reviews, take part in buddy reading with younger pupils or help to create stimulating reading displays in the school library.