English at Shield Road Primary develops our children's ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes including the communication of their ideas, views and feelings. Children become empowered to interpret the world around them and to make sense of their experiences; from this perspective English is a tool for both our thinking and learning.

Throughout our English lessons children are able to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry, non-fiction and drama.




Rising Stars provides all children in Reception and KS1 Classes,  as well as some children in KS2,  access to colour banded books matched to their current reading ability. You can access Rising Stars from any PC, laptop, tablet or phone connected to the internet.


Our Centre Number is: 449532. Children will have their own username and password. Please ask your child's Class Teacher for details.


March 2021: Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 lockdown, our usual plethora of activities were curtailed, however we did have an on-line book fair, daily reading sessions via Zoom and we also encouraged our children to be photographed enjoying their favourite book. These photographs are now on display in the school hall.


February 2021: We have bought new reading books for EYFS and KS1 which match our phonics scheme. We have also matched our existing books with our phonics scheme to ensure that all children now have access to fully decodable reading books matched to their reading ability and their knowledge of phonics.


November 2020: Scholastic on-line Book Fair


March 2020: As part of our World Book Day celebrations we held a competition for the best book review. 

March 4th 2020 we had visiting author Amy Patricia Meade running workshops in every class in conjunction with World Book Day 2020. Mrs Meade helped us to plan our own stories using a 'jigsaw' approach where we investigated characters, setting, problems and resolution which are the four main parts of writing a brilliant story. All children were engaged with the activities and produced some very exciting work. We have many budding authors at Shield Road!


November 4th 2019 saw visiting author, C.S. Clifford spending the day at Shield Road working with the children in KS2.

After asking him lots of questions about being an author, the children in Y3/4 attended a workshop focusing on creating exciting sentences and then editing them to make them even better!. The children in Y5 and Y6 learned how to write a good suspense story.

Everyone enjoyed the day.


November 2019: We held a sponsored book read which was extremely successful. We raised lots of money for the school to purchase much needed non-fiction topic books which have been distributed to every class to be used by the children.


September 2019: We held a virtual book fair which provided parents with an opportunity to purchase reasonably priced books for their children whilst raising funds for the school to purchase books for every class.

2020/21 Autumn Terms 1 & 2 Class Books

Year 6: Treason by Berlie Doherty/Shakespeare Sonnets

Year 4/5: Rainplayer by David Wisniewski/Wolves in the Wall by Neil Gaiman

Year 3: The Iron Man by Ted Hughes/Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura/ The Crayons Christmas by Oliver Jeffers

Year 2: Lost & Found by Oliver Jeffers/ Lila and the Secret of  Rain by David Conway

Year 1: The Three Little Pigs/ Let's Build a House (a non-fiction book)/ Toys in Space by Mini Grey

EYFS: A selection of traditional tales


2020/21 Spring Terms 3 & 4 Class Books

Year 6: The Diary of a Young Soldier in WWI by Dennis Hamley/Rose Blanche by Ian McEwan/ The Viewer by Gary Crew

Year 4/5: Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo/The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan

Year 3: Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo / Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne

Year 2: Charlie Stinky Socks & the Big Adventure by Kristina Stephenson / How Rabbit Stole Fire by Joanna Troughton

Year 1: Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow / The Journey Home by Radhanhath Swami

EYFS: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

2020/21 Summer Terms 5 & 6 Class Books

Year 6: The Diary of a Young Soldier in WWI by Dennis Hamley/Rose Blanche by Ian McEwan

Year 4/5: The Story of Tutankhamun by Patricia Cleveland-Peck

Year 3: Stone Girl, Bone Girl by Laurence Anholt, Little Wise Wolf by Gijs van der Hammen

Year 2: The Tunnel by Anthony Browne

Year 1: Dougal's Deep-Sea Diary by Simon Bartram

EYFS: Mr Bear's Holiday by Debi Gliori