English Vision Statement
At Southglade, we aim to provide children with a curriculum which will allow them to gain an in-depth understanding of how our language works, enabling them to make choices and have greater control over their writing. We intend to teach our children the skills they need to use Standard English effectively and confidently throughout their time here and into their lives beyond school.
We want to create children who are enthusiastic, lively writers with a life-long love for reading. Through our Book Based Curriculum, children will experience an abundance of quality, engaging texts that stimulate them to write and to achieve to the best of their ability.
We endeavour to allow our children to leave Southglade with English skills they need to succeed beyond the classroom and to continue to build on their love for learning.
Visit to Cherry Trees Resource Centre
Some of our lovely year six children went to read with the residents of Cherry Trees Resource Centre last week.
Autumn Reading Celebration
Each term, we are going to have a themed reading celebration across school. This term it was wearing pyjamas! We had a great time and it was lovely to see our parents joining us too!
The next celebration will be Friday 14th February where we will be making dens and reading by torchlight!
October Reading Challenge
A huge well done to these children who completed the October Reading Challenge. Their names were entered into a draw and pulled out to win a brand new book.
The next Reading Challenge and your chance to win a new book will be Christmas.
The Official Library Opening
Today was the official opening of our wonderful school library. I would like to thank Councillor Mellen, our local councillors and our fantastic pupils for making it such a special occasion.
Our wonderful new library!
Because of all of your amazing support and fundraising last year, we have been able to create the most wonderful space for our library which we intend to put to great use this year.
Reading Rockets Policy 2019-20
We will be continuing with our Reading Rockets initiative this year to promote a love for reading. We expect children at Southglade to read three times each week as part of their weekly homework. Please have a read through the policy below for more information.
Platinum Reading Rocket Winners
A HUGE, HUGE well done to these children who got to enjoy a film, book and pyjama afternoon after reading three times every week. This is such an incredible achievement and we hope this will continue next year.
A huge congratulations to our Summer 1 Writing Heroes. Have a look at their fantastic work below. You will also see Caiden using his "Golden Ticket" for a technology treat.
Our Library Design
I am thrilled to attach below the design for our library. I am sure you will agree that this is a wonderful design perfectly suited to our children. Thank you so much to everyone for the money we have, and continue to, raise towards this fantastic opportunity.
Cross Curricular Writing
Here's some of our wonderful cross-curricular writing.
Can you help us raise money for our new library?
As you may already know, our school library is currently undergoing vigorous refurbishment and is, at present, closed to all pupils. At Southglade we recognise that an appealing space with access to good quality books is imperative for our children to engage in reading. For this reason, we have decided to have our brand new library planned and designed by specialists who share our vision of an exciting and enriching area for our pupils, where they can delve in to, and take home, rich, quality texts. It also aims to create an area where children can both work in small groups and relax in a space, which is de-cluttered, colourful and inviting.
At Southglade, all that we do is for our pupils and we want to give them the best possible chance to love books and engage in reading so this seems like the perfect opportunity to get out children excited and interested in this fantastic project. However, with such high hopes for our library space, unfortunately there comes a high cost. In the past we have been overwhelmed by the support you have given the school to raise money and we hope that you will agree that this is a great cause to get involved in! As a school, we are kindly asking for your assistance and support with this important opportunity to provide Southglade students with enhanced educational opportunities through a fundraising day for our library, which will be held on Friday 17th May 2019.
On this day, there will be a range of sponsored activities taking place (more information to follow) which will be planned and delivered by our pupils in their phases. For example, upper KS2 may decide to have a sponsored skip, read-a-thon or sponsored silence on the day.
Of course, the more donations collected, the better chance we have of reaching our overall fundraising goal of £2000 to fund this exciting project. Special prizes have been set aside for the highest donating pupils and overall classes so this is a great chance to get all family and friends involved in trying to raise as much as you possibly can!
Thank you in advance for your support. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask.
SSIF Project: Reading
Over the last 18 months, as Literacy Coordinator, I have been working on a whole school development project based around reading. This has allowed me to delve into the subject of reading and develop my own professional development in order to improve reading across school. On Wednesday 6th March 2019, I presented my project at the course's conference and thus completed my project. Below is the case study I created.
My next steps are to work with other schools in Nottingham City to create and engaging library space for our children and to continue to raise the profile of reading at Southglade.
World Book Day 2019
What a fantastic celebration of books! We love World Book Day at Southglade and thoroughly enjoyed sharing our favourite books.
At present, our school library is undergoing refurbishment and is closed to all pupils. At Southglade we recognise that an appealing space with access to good quality books is imperative for our children to engage in reading. For this reason, the library will continue to be closed for the next few weeks while we order a heap of new and inspiring books and, hopefully, create an area where children love to read.
Thank you for your patience.
Spring 1 Writing Heroes
A huge congratulations to this half term's Writing Heroes. What an incredible selection of writing!
Autumn 2 Writing Heroes
A huge well done to this half term's writing heroes! You've produced some work to be extremely proud of!
KS2 GD Pupil Focus Group
I met with my greater depth KS2 writers this morning to discuss the writing they have done so far this year. Here is a piece they have each chosen, which they are especially proud of. I can see why!
Mrs Smith's Super KS1 Writers
My greater depth pupil focus group in KS1 have been very busy filling out their applications to be one of Santa's elves!
Writing Heroes Assembly!
This half term we have launched our new Writing Heroes assembly. Each half term, a child is chosen from each class who has made an outstanding contribution to Literacy. This may be a particular piece of writing or a general improvement in their work. They then receive a Superhero notebook and pen with a vertificate and a go on the lucky dip! This week, two children won 'tea and biscuits with Miss Richardson and Mrs Carter'!
A big well done to all these children! You really are writing heroes!