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Latest English news and events at Frenchwood


World Book Day 2022

Children across the school enjoyed celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March. We dressed up as our favourite book character and entered a competition, designing a new book cover. As well as winning a book to take home, the winners from each class were taken to Waterstones bookshop to choose new, exciting books to replenish our school libraries. 


Throughout the day, children met up with other classes to share stories and celebrate their love of reading. As a school, we collaborated to write a 'snowball story'; a short story with a section written by different classes. We were also thrilled to join in with live lessons with other schools across the UK and completed a variety of fun-filled activities in class. 


FBA (Fantastic Book Awards) 2022

Children in Year 6 have enjoyed reading, reviewing and discussing a variety of new and exciting children's literature. The FBA meet on a weekly basis after taking books home each week to devour! During their weekly meetings, children share their thoughts and feelings about the books they have read and, hopefully, find they have stumbled across an enjoyable book they might never have come across before. At the end of the sessions, the FBA vote for their favourite book of the year.

World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day is celebrated on 21st March every year.  This year it coincided with Frenchwood celebrating the value - Respect. The children were invited to create an accrostic poem at home for a poetry competition. We were inundated with superb poems from children across the school. These are some of my favourites.

World Poetry Day 21st March 2022

World Book Day

Our snowball stories

The World Book Day Competition Winners




At Frenchwood, we believe that reading is central to a high-quality education. Our curriculum is designed to facilitate a love and appreciation of reading across a wide range of genres including fiction and non-fiction. We love to nurture children's imaginations which allows them to step into other worlds and cultures; opening up a treasure trove of wonder and joy for curious young minds.



Our curriculum focusses on teaching children to communicate fluently and express their ideas and emotions to others. We feel that effective communication skills are essential life skills which we strive to develop in our children. Our fundamental aim is to equip pupils with a thorough understanding of spoken and written English. We ensure they can write clearly, accurately and expressively for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.



Oracy can be described as a combination of learning to talk and learning through talk. At Frenchwood there is a shared understanding of how talk supports learning and children’s social development. We believe that developing oracy throughout primary education provides our students with vital life skills. We aim to encourage fluent speakers, who are confident to communicate, debate and present in a wide range of situations. 

The subject leader


My name is Hannah Bull and I am one of the English Subject Leaders. I am passionate about reading for pleasure and sharing this with children across Frenchwood. One of the most enjoyable aspects of English is leading the FBA (Fantastic Book Awards) Year 6 reading group. In FBA, we share, read and review a range of exciting, new stories as well as choosing our group favourite. 


I am privileged to be in a position where children from all year groups bring their work to share with me. I thoroughly enjoy sharing in their successes and honing their skills as they progress through the school. I also coordinate and present the Sue Dean writing award: this is presented to children for their wonderful pieces of creative writing at the end of each term. 


My name is Jane Bidwell and I also subject lead English. I genuinely love to discover exciting fiction which I can then share with children at Frenchwood. I feel that enabling children to communicate effectively is crucial to their self-development and self-expression. Part of my role is to lead Oracy across school which links to children's emotional well-being and the ability to express their thoughts and feelings. 


One of my favourite parts of the school day is sharing a class novel. We hold a class vote to decide our next class novel and this is one of many ways that children are able to access a variety of fiction.

Frenchwood Published Authors - Sue Dean Award - progression


This half term, four children from UKS2 have been nominated by their class teacher for writing a piece of outstanding, independent work. Well done to the following children; Hadi Asim, Fatima Keita, Farida Adeniyi and Zarah Zahid. Mrs Bull and Mrs Bidwell had a very tough decision to pick the winner for The Sue Dean Award. A decision has been made and this half term the winner of The Sue Dean Writing Award goes to . . . Farida for her beautiful poem about a library. Well done. 

Sue Dean Writing Award Winners in Years 5 & 6

Learning Progression through the key stages

Learning in writing through the key stages