It was a dark, cold and foggy night!

This morning’s assembly was a prize-giving extravaganza! Prizes were awarded for our World Book Day quizzes, our ‘What Book Are you From?’ celebrations and for our spooky spine-chilling stories. Winning pupils were awarded a certificate and a £5 book token. Amongst the winners were: Colin from Maple, William and Ethan from Ash, and Leo from Pine. The winner of our spooky stories was Jareth from Pine class. His story was so good that it deserves to be shared here, but be warned you might not be able to sleep tonight!

It was a dark, cold and foggy night! I was running to an old castle past the cemetery. I ran to the deepest chamber. Then I sat down thinking about the creature of darkness, the same one chases me now. Some say it’s a ghost but much worse. Some people say it’s a griffin or a gargoyle, but no…..It’s a dragon, an evil dragon. Suddenly, I feel cold breathing down my spine. “Hello. Anybody there? Hello.” I turned around there were eyes glowing red as blood. “Aaahhhh!” and that’s where I end.


Ready, Steady, Read, Write Inc!

Yesterday, we were visited by Kirsten Mackie, our Read, Write Inc trainer, for our first development day. You may remember that last June 40 academy staff undertook an extensive 2 day phonics training course, helping us learn our split digraphs from our phonemes! Kirsten was delighted to return to follow up on this training and see how pupils and staff were getting on with their phonics.

It was a jam-packed day, including popping into lessons, a masterclass from Kirsten, alongside the creation of a development plan. We saw some fantastic learning, particularly from Beech Class who really impressed with their ‘aw’ spellings. Willow were working on the ‘y’ sound and produced some brilliant handwriting. Kyle and Jordan from Elm were really enthusiastic in their reading of ‘Ken’s Cap’ and were the star performers of Kirsten’s masterclass. Ash, Pine and Maple were all working hard on their respective Fresh Start modules and some lovely reading, spelling and writing was seen throughout.

I will be working with staff over the coming weeks to share the action points from the day so that we can continue to place literacy at the heart of our curriculum. I will also keep you updated on these actions and our progress towards completing them.

If you would like further information about our phonics then please contact myself or look at the Read, Write Inc website.