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At Oldfield Brow Primary, we recognise that success in English is increasingly necessary in today’s world as a tool for thought, learning and expression, and will not only support children’s life-long learning but will also lead to improved life chances. We passionately believe that competency in reading is essential to enable knowledge acquisition and to make learning meaningful. Our school is committed to enabling every pupil to read fluently and with understanding, so that they are empowered to make sense of their experiences and begin to interpret the world around them. We also want our pupils to become fluent and effective writers and speakers. Further details about our Reading and Writing Curriculums can be found in the Download Section.


The teaching of reading begins with oracy and phonics in EYFS and KS1. To ensure a consistent approach across classes and year groups, we have adopted the DfE approved scheme by Oxford Reading Tree - Floppy’s Phonics- which is taught daily across EYFS and KS1 and is matched to pupils’ individual development needs.


Once children’s decoding skills are secure, comprehension skills are explicitly taught. Oldfield Brow Primary School brings consistency in this approach using the VIPERS reading scheme and Cracking Comprehension across school. This begins in KS1 as appropriate. In KS2, whole class reading sessions are undertaken daily, with a focus on Vocabulary development, acquisition of Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval and Summarising skills. For more detail about the VIPERS scheme, please refer to the KS1 and KS2 VIPERS guides in the downloads.

From Year 1 upwards, your child will be set spelling homework online with Spelling Shed. We have found this online spelling game an extremely popular form of spelling practice amongst the children. For more information please check information in the downloads. You may find the first part of this video helpful https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVHb4srs0RU&t=16s


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The Trafford 500 Words Competition

The Trafford 500 words competition 2022 has recently been launched. Last year, three of our pupils were runners up and got their work published! Oldfield Brow has signed up to take part again in this marvellous competition and recently took part in live lessons from Manchester University to support their creativity. Your child's class teacher may be making time for children to write a story at school independently, but children are also welcome to independently write a story at home too. Please email to your teacher.

We are all starting from the same point.



Our celebrations culminated today in a whole school assembly where the much awaited judging of everyone's classroom doors took place and was decided by Mr Merrell. The Brief was simple: decorate your doors based on the theme of a book you are currently sharing in school. Congratulations to pupils in 4CD (and Miss Drabble of course!) who were worthy winners; they actually created book of work (Oldfield Brow Chronicles - linked to the famous Spiderwick Chronicles) and hung it on their door! Congratulations too to runners up 6KB! Every classroom's entrance looked truely spectacular and there was much chatter about reading and books all week!

Here are our fabulous doors. Can you guess their theme?


Children all over the school from nursery to year 6 have shared a special book this week and had the chance to get involved in a range of activities linked to it. From role play to poetry, everybody enjoyed the beautiful illustrations and talked about its message: the importance of re-using and recycling.

Here are some examples of our work and there will be more to follow:


Year 5 



CONGRATULATIONS to our Commended Winners in the Trafford 500 Words Competition 2021. Pardis and Emily (now Year 6) and Lilliahana (now Year 5) all became commended winners in this exciting initiative set up during Lockdown. Many local schools competed and we're really proud of their achievements. The Anthology of Winners has recently been published and they received their copy in Assembly on Friday, finally seeing their work in print! Oldfield Brow has already signed up to join this fabulous competition again next year, so get your thinking caps on!


Welcome back to a new school year everyone! Your teacher's have selected some amazing books, stories, texts and poems to bring learning to life this year. We can't wait to get started. Here's a taster from just our first term. For more detail, please see our Reading and Writing Curriculum Maps in the Downloads.



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