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Oxley Park Academy


Two Sites, One Heart, One Mission, One School


English at Oxley Park is an exciting opportunity for children to explore all genres of writing. Where possible, writing is linked to the topic being studied in Doorways and Pathways (topic based learning) so children can become completely immersed in improving their skills while writing their own versions of texts which are relevant to their learning journey. The teaching and learning of grammar is now thoroughly embedded in our English lessons with some additional discrete back-to-basics lessons being taught to address any misconceptions. The expectations of the new curriculum are high, with children not only able to read and write well but to also have a secure knowledge and understanding of formal grammar including the technical vocabulary.

Introducing Chapters:
Our English session are built around Chapters.  These are very evident in every child’s English book.  To start a chapter children complete a Cold Write, which is totally independent.  A chapter can be genre focussed or skill focussed.  From this cold write teachers can assess what needs to be taught during the chapter ahead. Every child has a personal working wall added to their books for that chapter of learning which highlights where they 'magpie' interesting vocabulary and annotate key skills to then later apply to their own writing. This personal wall shares a ‘model’ of what that chapter is focussing on and supports the child in visualising what a good one looks like!   Throughout the chapter, children will explore the model text in a variety of ways using drama and the arts to support and develop a widening vocabulary range. They will take part in shared and guided writing to ensure key skills are learnt explicitly and editing and drafting skills will be taught to encourage reflection for their writing. At the end of the chapter, the children have the opportunity to complete a Hot Write which enables them to demonstrate what they have learned on their learning journey. They use their working wall to assess whether they have included all of the features, applied the new skills and met their own learning goals.

Chapters have proven a huge success at Oxley and has really built our children’s confidence in talking about their learning.  It enables them to see what they have learnt and helps make their progress really explicit.


Reading—Accelerated Reader (AR):

We have invested hugely in our reading book provision recently and we continue to enhance this area of our school.  Along with many more books we now also have two amazing new libraries; one for each site. Reading is at the heart of our school and we have great plans on creating spaces to read like no other!

Accelerated Reader Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computer-based program that helps teachers to monitor children’s reading comprehension skills and guide reading choices to ensure children are reading books that support gradual progress, rightly recognising that reading is not solely about a child’s ability to decode words using phonic knowledge. Once children are fluent and confident reading Green Level Oxford Reading Tree books they will move on to Accelerated Reader.


Children will take home AR reading books within their ZPD (zone of proximal development). You will know they are an AR book because they will have a coloured sticker on the spine with a decimal number written on, and a sticker inside the front cover with information such as the book level, interest level and quiz number. Of course, pupils can read books that are not an AR book but they will only be able to quiz on AR books and use the results of these quizzes to work towards a set target. The ZPD range is set for every child based in the result of the STAR reading quiz they sat in the previous term, which is re-sat six times a year. By reading books in this range, for at least 20 minutes every day, in school plus extra at home, children should make optimum progress in reading. Children’s’ ZPD ranges and their points target can be found on the front page of their reading record and will be updated after each STAR quiz.  When starting on a new ZPD, children can read books anywhere within their ZPD range. However, less confident children may begin by reading books at the lower end of the ZPD and gradually move through to the top end, being guided by their teacher and the results of the quizzes they complete.

Recording the reading that children complete at home in their reading record is strongly encouraged to parents/carers. Children can earn themselves merits in school for each week that they read at least 5 times.  When children feel they have completed a book, and do not need to re-read to fully understand it, they may quiz on the book in school as soon as possible. Quizzes should be taken within 24 hours of completing a book and any completed on a Friday evening, can be quizzed on Monday. 


Parents’ Guide to Accelerated Reader


The aim of reading with your child

It is important to us to hear your child read as often as we can. In Foundation all children will be heard read one to one once a week. As of key stage 1 onwards and through to key stage 2 children will be heard read within their Reading lessons. In key stage 1 the focus of hearing children read begins to shift from being able to decode texts to the principles of being able to comprehend texts. To develop the children’s comprehending skills we have introduced the Teaching of Reading lessons. (See the Teaching of Reading) In school the focus will be on teaching children the skills needed to become competent and confident readers. It is important that as parents and carers you continue to focus on hearing your children read and record this in the child’s diary. Research shows that reading regularly at home as well as at school is the key to academic success. As a parent, you can ask questions using the same vocabulary and question stems that will be taught at school, linked to the V-I-P-E-R-S reading skills.


The Teaching of Reading lessons - V-I-P-E-R-S

We will be teaching reading using V-I-P-E-R-S reading skills to ensure we are teaching the children a range of skills. Information linked to these VIPERS reading skills will be accessible on the website. The Reading Vipers approach helps to develop key comprehension skills and enables the children to become more successful readers. Each of the letters stand for one of the key areas for learning:

V -  vocabulary

I   -  inference

P -  prediction

E -  explain

R -  retrieve

S -  sequence (KS1) summarise (KS2)

Reading lessons will take place up to four times a week from Year 1 onwards and the application of skills taught will be recorded in children’s Reading journals. You can click on the links for the range of questions, linked with V-I-P-E-R-S.

Key - Stage 1 V-I-P-E-R-S questions- click on the link

Key – Stage 2 V-I-P-E-R-S questions- click on the link


Fluency lessons

Children are supported to develop their reading skills and the level of support given depends on the needs of each child. Some children who need further reading support throughout the week to increase their decoding abilities will now be taking part in a ‘FLUENCY’ group several times a week to support them in becoming a Fluent Reader. The National Curriculum states that skilled word reading involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. The Fluency lessons will consist of a small group of children, that will be of similar needs. They will use these Fluency lessons to develop their sight vocabulary, improve their decoding skills and provide additional reading time to apply the skills learnt allowing these children to make accelerated progress in their Reading. A sound assessment will take place before a child commences in a Fluency group to determine gaps in their sound knowledge. Sound assessments will be revisited at the end of every term to track progress and next steps.


Recommended Book lists for each year group



Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Bill Martin Jnr

Where’s Spot?

Eric Hill

Guess How Much I Love You

Sam McBratney and Garth Williams

The Little Red Hen

Byron Barton

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Norman Bridwell

Owl Babies

Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson

Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak

Winnie the Pooh

A A Milne

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Beatrix Potter

Stone Soup

Marcia Brown

Not Now Bernard

David McKee

There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly

Pam Adams

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Jill Tomlinson

The Gruffalo

Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

Winnie the Witch

Valerie Thomas & Korky Paul

The Elephant and the Bad Baby

Elfrida Vipont & Raymond Briggs

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Helen Oxenbury

Handa’s Surprise

Eileen Browne

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

Jill  Tomlinson

I Will Never Eat a Tomato

Lauren Child

Rosie’s Walk

Pat and Laurence Hutchins

One Snowy  Night

Nick Butterworth

Dear Zoo

Rod Campbell

The Rainbow Fish

Marcus Pfister


Shirley Hughes

Farmer Duck

Martin Waddell

Once Their Were Giants

Martin Waddell and Penny Dale



Traditional Rhymes


Alphabet Books


Counting Books


Year 1

The Cat in the Hat

Dr Seuss

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Judith Kerr

Hairy Maclary

Lynley Dodd

The Large Family Collection

Jill Murphy

Charlie and Lola

Lauren Child

The Smartest Giant in Town

Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo’s Child

Julia Donaldson

The Gigantic Turnip

Aleksei Tolstoy

The Whisperer

Nick Butterworth

Mrs Armitage on Wheels

Quentin Blake

The Trouble with Jack

Shirley Hughes

My Friend Bear

Jez Alborough

Avocado Baby

John Burningham

A Bear Called Paddington

Michael Bond


Allan Ahlberg

The Hodgeheg

Richard King-Smith

The Jolly Postman

Allan Ahlberg

Mister Magnolia

Quentin Blake

Katie Morag Series

Mairi Hedderwick

Frog and Toad are Friends

Arnold Lobel

The Princess and the Pea

Minnie Grey

Amazing Grace

Mary Hoffman

Don’t Forget the Bacon

Pat Hutchins

Emperor of Absurdia

Chris Riddell

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Jon Scieszka



Collins Primary Dictionary


Children’s First Encyclopaedia


Children’s Atlas


Topic Books, eg Old Toys, Homes in the Past


Traditional Nursery Rhymes


Traditional Fairy Stories


Year 2

The Cat Who Lost His Purr

Michelle Coxon

Frightened Fred

Peta Coplans


Kim Lewis

Mog Stories

Judith Kerr

Mr Wolf’s Pancakes

Jan Fearnley

Frog is Frog

Max Velthuijis

Cat and Mouse Story

Michael Rosen

The Snow Lady

Shirley Hughes

Grace and Family

Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch

The Adventures of Captain Underpants

Dav Pilkey

The Diary of a Killer Cat

Anne Fine

Little Wolf’s Book of Badness

Ian Whybrow

The Magic Finger

Roald Dahl

Mrs Wobble the Waitress

Allan Alhberg

Pirate School: Just a Bit of Wind

Jeremy Strong

George’s Marvellous Medicine

Roald Dahl

The Giraffe, Pelly and Me

Roald Dahl

The Guard Dog

Richard King-Smith

Emily’s Legs

Richard King-Smith



Children’s Illustrated Dictionary


Usborne Books:


The First Encyclopaedia of Science


The First Encyclopaedia of the Human Body


The First Encyclopaedia of Animals


The First Encyclopaedia of Seas and Oceans


The  Children’s World Atlas (internet linked)


Pocket Science Books


Watt’s Great Events Books:


The Great  Fire of London


Gun Powder Plot


Battle of Hastings


Coronation of Elizabeth II


Watt’s Famous People Series:


Florence  Nightingale


Louis Braille


George Stephenson


Thomas Edison


Year 3


Michael Morpurgo

The Butterfly Lion

Michael Morpurgo

Kensuke’s Kingdom

Michael Morpurgo

Billy the Kid

Michael Morpurgo

The Twits

Roald Dahl

Charlie and Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl

Danny The Champion of the World

Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach

Roald Dahl

Fantastic Mr Fox

Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl

The Sheep Pig

Richard King-Smith

Bill’s New Frock

Anne Fine

The Hundred Mile an Hour Dog

Jeremy Strong

Return of the Hundred Mile an Hour Dog

Jeremy Strong

The Naughtiest Girl in the School

Enid Blyton

Secret Seven series

Enid Blyton

Famous Five series

Enid Blyton

Animal Ark series

Lucy Daniels

Horrid Henry series

Francesca Henry’s

Charlotte’s Web

E B White

Flat Stanley

Jeff Brown

Fungus the Bogeyman

Raymond Briggs

Mystery Winklesea

Helen Cresswell

The Indian in the Cupboard

Lynne Reid Banks

Mr Majeika

Humphrey Carpenter

Please Mrs Butler

Allan Ahlberg

The Sam Pig Story Book

Alison Uttley

Railway Cat

Phyllis Arkle

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

J K Rowling

Year 4

A Caribbean Dozen

John Agard & Grace Nicholls

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters

John Steptoe


Kevin Crossley-Holland

The Firework-Maker's Daughter

Philip Pullman

The Dragon's Child

Jenny Nimmo

The Ghost Blades

Anthony Masters

Sara, Plain and Tall

Patricia MacLachlan

Smart Girls

Robert Leeson

Brother Eagle, Sister Sky

Susan Jeffers & Chief Seattle

Robi Dobi

Madhur Jaffrey

The Reluctant Dragon

Kenneth Grahame


Pippa Goodhart

Dragon Poems

John Foster & Korky Paul

The Crazy Shoe Shuffle

Gillian Cross

The Sea Piper

Helen Cresswell

The Chocolate Touch

Patrick Skene Catling


Henrietta Branford

Gregory Cool

Caroline Binch

A Pot of Gold

Jill Bennett

Fog Hounds Wind Cat Sea Mice

Joan Aiken

The Clothes Horse

Allan Ahlberg

It Was A Dark and Stormy Night

Allan Ahlberg

The Dancing Bear

Michael Morpurgo

The Demon Headmaster

Gillian Cross

Dog So Small

Phillipa Pearce

Emil and the Detectives

Erich Kastner

The Iron Man

Ted Hughes

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

C S Lewis

Little House on the Prairie

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh

Robert C O’Brien

Stig of the Dump

Clive King

Swallows and Amazons

Arthur Ransome

A Child's Garden of Verse

Robert Louis Stevenson

Greek Myths for Young Children

Marcia Williams

The Orchard Book of Creation Stories

Margaret Mayo & Louise Brierley

Year 5

Water Wings

Morris Gleitzman


Morris Gleitzman

Belly Flop

Morris Gleitzman

The Diddakoi

Rumer Godden


Anthony Horowitz

Walter and Me

Michael Morpurgo

Friend or Foe

Michael Morpurgo

Mister Monday

Garth Nix


Andrew Norris

Harry and the Wrinklies

Alan Temperley

The Story of Tracy Beaker

Jacqueline Wilson

Double Act

Jacqueline Wilson

Northern Lights

Philip Pullman

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens

Dragon Rider

Cornelia Funke

Journey To Jo’burg

Beverly Naidoo

Journey to the River Sea

Eva Ibbotson

The Owl Service

Alan Garner

Pig Heart Boy

Malorie Blackman

Tom’s Midnight Garden

Philippa Pearce

Watership Down

Richard Adams

The Wizard of Earthsea

Ursula K Le Guin

Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Joan Aiken

Where the Red Fern Grows

Wilson Rawls

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson-Burnett

Artemis Fowl

Eoin Colfer

The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame

Anne of Green Gables

L M Montgomery

Black Beauty

Anna Sewell


Louis Sachar

There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom

Louis Sachar

Vicky Angel

Jacqueline Wilson

The Other Side of Truth

Beverley Naidoo

Harry Potter series

J K Rowling

Year 6

Carrie’s War

Nina Bawden

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Judith Kerr

Forgotten Voices of the Second World War

Max Arthur

The Diamond of Drury Lane

Julia Golding


Frank Cottrell Boyce


Cynthia Voigt

Noughts and Crosses

Malorie Blackman

Knife Edge

Malorie Blackman

Private Peaceful

Michael Morpurgo

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾

Sue Townsend

Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson

Mortal Engines

Philip Reeve


Philip Pullman

Dragon Keeper

Carole Wilkinson

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Mark Haddon

Peter Pan

J M Barrie

Wizard of Oz

F Baum

Robinson Crusoe

Daniel Defoe

Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens

Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling

The Railway Children

E Nesbit

The Borrowers

M Norton

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

Alex Rider series

Anthony Horowitz

My Story series

Various authors

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

Ed. Otto H Frank

Boy Overboard

Morris Gleitzman


Garth Nix


Phonics —Introducing Letters and Sounds:

Letters and sounds is the programme we follow to teach phonics.   Through regular teaching children can transfer the skills they acquire to their reading, writing and spelling which they use across the curriculum.  The cycle of teaching (revisit, teach, practice, apply, assess) ensures a rigorous and consistent approach for all our children.


'Letters & Sounds' is the government programme for teaching phonics and high frequency words.

It is split into 6 phases:


Phase 1: Children learn rhymes. (starting in Nursery) They keep rhythms and start to relate letter sounds to words. E.g. b for bag.

Phase 2: Children learn initial letter sounds and build 3 letter words.

Phase 3: Children learn all 44 phonemes and blend sounds to read and write words.

Phase 4:  Children blend consonants together to read difficult words e.g. blue, grab.

Phase 5: Children learn how to spell letter sounds in more than one way e.g. rain, day, make.

Phase 6:  Children learn how to spell word specific spellings. E.g. turned, beautiful, shopping.

Children will have access to a variety of resources during their lessons to make their learning fun and exciting!

We will be updating our English page over the term so watch out for some exciting games you can play at home to practise phonics.


Sponics (Spelling & Phonics)

Sponics is our newly revised progressive whole-school programme combining both Phonics and Spelling. Spelling patterns, rules and exceptions are taught to the children as part of the curriculum within their English lessons and as standalone Back2Basics lessons throughout the week. In addition, children are given the statutory core spellings for years 1-6. We have chosen to break these spelling lists up into specific year groups and the word lists can be found below. Check sheets can also be found in children’s reading diaries. Sponics home learning will be set fortnightly (on rotation with grammar) and children in Key Stage 2 will also be tested on their spellings. Scoring well in spellings and having a really good go at the tasks can be profitable for the children in terms of merits so it is really worth completing them.

Back2Basics Handwriting

At Oxley Park Academy we believe that, whilst our children live in an ever-advancing technological world, the ability to write legibly and quickly continues to be an important basic skill that should be taught and developed in the primary years.

The aim of teaching handwriting is to enable each child to write legibly, fluently, without strain and with sufficient speed to facilitate flow of thought to paper. To realise this aim, the basic script and its development to joined handwriting is described below and is taught in all year groups throughout the Academy.



The lower case letters of basic script are shown below:

a  b  c  d  e  f  g  h  i  j  k  l  m

n  o  p  q  r  s  t  u  v  w  x  y  z

Basic script refers to an alphabet that is simple and practical – it can be written at speed and with ease but allows some variation without loss of a consistent appearance. It also provides a sound foundation for later progression to a cursive form and to the expression of individual preferences.


“Cursive” is a term that usually refers to handwriting in which the letters within words are connected by joining strokes to increase the speed of writing. The cursive style taught at Oxley Park Academy represents a progression from basic script, providing for increased fluency and speed by joining some, but not all, letters.


Capital letters for both basic and cursive script are shown below:

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M

N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

Apps to support English development


Mr Thorne does Phonics

ABC Pocket Phonics

Mr.Thorne’s Spellbook
Mr.Thorne’s Grammar
Abby Explorer Grammar

Wonster words

Read with Biff Chip & Kipper

Websites to support English development


Websites / Videos to support Phonics development  - To practise correct pronunciation of sounds.—Alphablocks


Websites to support Handwriting development