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13/05/24

👋 Our school council hosted to put forward their questions to a politician and learn more about his professional life.📘 Robert kindly donated a copy of The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien to our school library, which pupils are looking forward to reading. pic.twitter.com/Uuz8GigNaO

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01/05/24

🔥 Pupils in Years 2 and 3 learnt about the importance and dangers of Carbon Monoxide and how we can keep ourselves safe.🚨 Children learnt more about checking appliances at home via an interactive workshop and carbon monoxide alarms were given out to take home. pic.twitter.com/9GV23T6ApR

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27/03/24

🗣️ Our choir represented the school at an amazing concert called 🏟️ Two of our pupils were chosen to walk across Wembley stage, proudly displaying the Freshwaters banner. 🎶 Throughout the day, the choir got to sing and dance to a range of different songs pic.twitter.com/OwNIBYPs4s

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22/03/24

Mr Newborough has been stepping up his London Marathon training! 🏃‍♂️He's so close to hitting his fundraising target too. If you'd like to help him reach it you can do so on https://t.co/sxXBXaC3qJ pic.twitter.com/gCCsl0WRd0

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15/03/24

🔴 Pupils celebrated Red Nose Day and showed their support for the amazing charity 🫂 The children all looked amazing in our assembly this morning and recognised the importance of giving to others. pic.twitter.com/SJx0OAVCna

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08/03/24

On we’re celebrating Amy Dias 🙌 Senior Lead Practitioner and Designated Safeguarding Lead at Freshwaters Primary Academy 💙#IWD2024 pic.twitter.com/zCMB4Fs8yB

08/03/24

On we’re celebrating Amy Dias 🙌 Senior Lead Practitioner and Designated Safeguarding Lead at Freshwaters Primary Academy 💙#IWD2024 pic.twitter.com/zCMB4Fs8yB

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08/03/24

On we’re celebrating Jo Mullane 🙌 Senior Lead Practitioner at Freshwaters Primary 💙#IWD2024 pic.twitter.com/jYmTzDsGI7

08/03/24

On we’re celebrating Jo Mullane 🙌 Senior Lead Practitioner at Freshwaters Primary 💙#IWD2024 pic.twitter.com/jYmTzDsGI7

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07/03/24

📚 It's and pupils kicked off their day with a whole school assembly full of colourful characters🤝 Throughout the day, pupils picked up their books and read in groups to share their stories pic.twitter.com/sWZ45iwoqf

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16/02/24

Our nursery parents and carers joined the team in Hungry Caterpillars to celebrate the Chinese New Year 🐲 pic.twitter.com/0abCBUjVWQ

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30/01/24

🤝 A big thank you to HTS Group Ltd. for providing a funding donation of £1500 to revamp and improve on our outdoor Reception space 🔨 pic.twitter.com/Ts8wfG10WF

26/01/24

Good Luck Mr Newborough! 🏃💨 https://t.co/QxCNIC0Sbh

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25/01/24

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25/01/24

From the end of your street to the ends of the earth. Open a world of possibilities for children in your area.  Join our high-quality teacher training programme, train locally and start making a difference from day one with expert support at every stage.https://t.co/bBuGvnsFlS pic.twitter.com/Z62U8Dap0t

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19/01/24

BMAT have partnered with to provide School Centred Initial Teacher Training in Essex and London.Our programme offers PGCE with QTS at Primary and Secondary schools in Epping, Harlow, Stansted Mountfitchet and Newham.https://t.co/Rllv13cdOS pic.twitter.com/HgAkrpNCGz

19/01/24

BMAT have partnered with to provide School Centred Initial Teacher Training in Essex and London.Our programme offers PGCE with QTS at Primary and Secondary schools in Epping, Harlow, Stansted Mountfitchet and Newham.https://t.co/Rllv13cdOS pic.twitter.com/HgAkrpNCGz

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06/12/23

⭐🎄 This morning, pupils in Nursery & reception classes performed their version of the Nativity to their parents and carers.👼 All the children performed amazingly, and you could tell how hard all the children had been practising. pic.twitter.com/Qz1hrY2At0

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30/11/23

🎅 Santa's next Stop was , where he was met with a warm welcome from the headteacher and members of the school council 🎄 pic.twitter.com/KL8fVgkGQg

30/11/23

🎅 Santa's next Stop was , where he was met with a warm welcome from the headteacher and members of the school council 🎄 pic.twitter.com/KL8fVgkGQg

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English

At Freshwaters we use a book led, creative curriculum to teach both reading and writing. We have carefully chosen high quality books, which engage and stimulate our pupils, encouraging them to ask questions and develop a broad knowledge of genres and authors. It is our aim that by the time our children leave us in year 6, they have been exposed to a wide range of books, including fiction and non-fiction. This will include: fairy tales, classic novels, pictures books, information texts, poems, culturally diverse and modern stories. We look at how these texts build upon knowledge and concepts, year after year and review our choices annually to enable us to keep our curriculum fresh and exciting.

Each half term, the teachers create a visual curriculum map, making purposeful links between the book and specific subject areas linked to the National Curriculum objectives. The teachers also select key vocabulary to be taught at the beginning of each lesson to enable all our children the opportunity to access the book and break down any barriers that may exist.

(Our Reading Spine and our English Rationale documents can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.)

 

Spoken Language

As a school we have a strong focus on the spoken language, starting in our Nursery setting and moving up through the school. All children are encouraged to speak aloud, ask questions and share their ideas. Reading aloud within English lessons individually, as a paired activity or whole class reading is modelled by the teachers and staff within the classrooms. Discussions, debates, role play and drama are key elements when developing language and enables the refinement of written language.

 

Reading

Following on from the teaching of phonics in Early Years Foundation Stage, pupils develop their understanding of word reading and comprehension. Prior knowledge of understanding the letters on the page and the sounds linked to the letters enables children to recognise words on the page. Comprehension skills linked to vocabulary and grammar are taught within the whole class reading lessons, where children are encouraged to read across a range of texts and answer questions to develop their understanding of: vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval, summarise and sequencing.

 

Writing

Writing outcomes are planned ahead to ensure that the children are aware of the audience, purpose and context of their writing. We have an expectation of two pieces of extended writing each half term, one fiction and one non-fiction, which develops the pupil’s stamina and grammar skills as they progress through the school.  Opportunities in writing include the use of note taking, planning, revision, editing and evaluating their work and their use of Standard English.

 

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