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Speaking and listening and learning to read and write are given high priority at our school. Children learn these skills in English lessons and then apply them in all other subjects each week. Teachers plan together to ensure children use these skills in purposeful, relevant and meaningful activities throughout the curriculum. We provide many opportunities for pupils to develop communication skills through talk, Philosophy for Children, drama and ICT. Phonics, spelling and grammar skills are taught to all children.

We personalise learning to meet the needs of each child. We assess individual children’s reading and writing skills and, together with the child and their parents, we plan their next stage of development. We teach writing through contexts that are meaningful and purposeful for the child so that they want to write and enjoy developing their skills. Spelling and handwriting are taught daily in ways that engage the children in their learning. We want all our children to enjoy learning.

Reading Evening

We all enjoyed our fantastic Reading Evening which was organised by the staff and PTFA of Armathwaite School. We listened spell- bound as the teachers read a range of fantastic story books and shared lots of interesting and exciting picture books, poems and story sacks.There was literature available with tips for reading and information illustrating what a huge difference reading with and to your child makes to their learning.We also shared information about Oxford Owl ~ a source of e-books that we subscribe to which can also be accessed freely at home.

We came in our onesies and pyjamas and enjoyed delicious hot chocolate and toast ! We also had an opportunity to visit the Scholastic Book Fair which means we can purchase more books for school. This was a magical community event which we all thoroughly enjoyed, thank you to all the people who worked so hard to organise it for us !


Kendal Mountain Festival

Years 5 and 6 had a fantastic time at the Kendal Mountain Festival. As well as seeing some inspirational adventure films, we were treated to an exciting (and at times explosive!) science and nature presentation about jungles, oceans, volcanoes and glaciers from adventurer and scientist, Huw James. Then we enjoyed listening to Robert Macfarlane talking about the magic of words and how his poems are spells to reawaken our understanding and knowledge of the natural world. The last speaker of this amazing session was Alistair Humphreys talking about adventure and how we are all adventurers and explorers in our own right. We were thrilled to meet real-life authors, and to have the opportunity to speak to them. It was great to be a part of such a brilliant event.



Reading groups


We love comics!
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Year 5/6 Crime and mystery focus


Passport out of poverty stories