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.




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.

2019/20 Autumn Terms 1 & 2 Class Books

Year 6: Treason by Berlie Doherty/Shakespeare sonnets.

Year 5: The adventures of Odysseus by Hugh Lupton & Daniel Morden/ The Midnight Fox by Betsy Byars

Year 3/4: The Journal of Iliona by Richard Platt/The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers

Year 2: Sir Charlie Stinky Socks by Kristina Stephenson/ The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke

Year 1: The Three Billy Goats Gruff, a Traditional Tale/ The Egg by M.P. Robertson

EYFS: Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, The Big Red Bath by Julia Jarman/Aaaarrgghh, Spider! by Lydia Marks, Spinderella by Julia Donaldson, Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell.


2019/20 Spring Terms 3 & 4 Class Books

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

Year 5: The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan

Year 3/4: The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

Year 2: The Princess and the White Bear King by Robyn Batt

Year 1: Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow

EYFS: Traditional Tales - Goldilocks and the Three Bears/Little Red Riding Hood

The Hive: The Twits and George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl