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Extraordinary English

Welcome to our page that is all about English at Finchale Primary School.  This page will include information about reading, writing and phonics in our school.

Below, you will find examples of some fantastic work from our classes, images of trips or visits and examples of websites and guides to support your child's learning at home. Scroll down for so much more!

If you do have any queries about phonics, reading, spelling or writing, please do speak to your child's class teacher.  They will be able to offer advice or they will speak to one of the English co-ordinators.

Useful websites!

English Glossary

Monster Phonics is a whole school systematic synthetic phonics scheme. It teaches children to read by enabling them to identify and segment the letters and to blend the sounds together to read the words.

It is a really fun way to learn phonics since it is multi - sensory.

Sounds are categorized into 10 colour groups and each colour has a corresponding monster character.

Monster phonics is a highly advanced scheme that creates interest and engagement from the children.

About the Monsters

Pure Speech Sounds

Use this video to teach the initial pure speech sounds.

Monster Phonics Actions

This video teaches the actions for each of the long vowel sounds, the tricky letters, the silent letters and the phonetic letters.

Monster Phonics Day September 2023

Making the Monsters, finding the monster for each sound and writing all about Monster Phonics Land!

Celebration of Reading Day 2 June 2023

Year 4 really enjoyed Celebration of Reading Day! Their focus book was Nen and the Lonely Fisherman. They wrote setting descriptions based on this book, explored meanings of names and whether they should be fixed to a certain gender and they had plenty of reading for pleasure opportunities.

Author visits - Adam Bushnell 2022/2023

Parent Meeting Monster Phonics

2021 - 2022

Author Visits - Adam Bushnell

Year 3 - An Egyptian Adventure with Adam Bushnell

Year 3 enjoyed a visit from Adam Bushnell. They spent the afternoon planning their own Ancient Egyptian story. They first designed and created a mythical temple guardian, before coming up with riddles for the guardian to say. Next they had to design a set of traps for them to get pass, before finally reaching the treasure at the centre of the pyramid. Year 3 wrote some clever and imaginative riddles and are excited to use their planning to write up their Egyptian story 

Some of our amazing writing in Year  2, following our visit from Adam! We were really inspired after our session with Adam and the Great Fire of London descriptions the children produced were fantastic. What do you think?

Year 4's Visit from Adam Bushnell

Year 4 had a great time with Adam Bushnell, exploring their topic Dreamgiver in detail. They made traps to catch a monster from a nightmare and created a plan to write a short narrative about this. They had lots of fun and their narrative writing even helped them to get a class head teacher's award! Well done Year 4!

World Book Day 2022

This year was the 25th anniversary of World Book day with the message for all children

Yoara reader.’



For World Book day, our pupils dressed up as their favourite book characters and each class completed fun activities and shared books and stories with each other. Take a look to see what a fabulous day we had! 

Year 2 really enjoyed reading the story ‘Super Daisy and the Peril of Planet Pea’. The children completed book reviews of the story. Here is what they thought:

Year 3 dressed up as their favourite book characters and wrote a book review of Journey by Aaron Becker.

Year 1 produced some amazing stories of their own on World Book day! Take a look at their fantastic work.

Year 4 had lots of fun on World Book Day writing descriptions of their favourite characters.

Poetry day!

Year 3 wrote their own firework poem using their senses. They then practised reading them aloud, using lots of expression, before performing them to the class.

Celebration of Reading Day 2021!

Pirate stories and Treasure Island inspired classroom doors!

This year, at Finchale, we decided as a staff to challenge the children with our own version of 'The Masked Reader!' becasue we couldn't come together as a whole school as we normally would, to share a story or poem. The children absolutely loved playing the 'Masked Reader', working togehter to figure out which staff member was reading a poem to them! Can you complete our 'Masked Reader' challenge?