Coxhoe Primary School

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At Coxhoe Primary School we believe that reading is fundamental. It is one of the most important ingredients to becoming all that you can be!


In Class 11, we are reading' Who Let the Gods Out' by Maz Evans. We have enjoyed acting out Chapter 5 of the story and can't wait to read more chapters (Leo and MacKenzie - Year 6)     

We have been enjoying reading 'A Boy Called Christmas'. We wrote letters and drew pictures to help with our stories (Jacob and Tyler - Year 3) 

We really enjoyed making posters about Super Potato. We enjoyed all of our writing on the Evil Pea (Brandon, Beatrice and Emily - Year 1)                                           

Year 6 English Ambassadors 2021-22




Curriculum Intent

It is our intent at Coxhoe Primary School to provide all of our children with a high-quality education in English, which develops their love of reading, writing and discussion. It is our intention to ensure that by the end of their primary education, children have the required knowledge and skills that allow them to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively. We believe that this will give our children the tools they need to succeed in life.

To read our full intent, implementation and impact, click the link:

English Curriculum: Intent, Implementation and Impact - under review

English Policy - under review

Home School Reading Guidelines KS1 - under review

Home School Reading Guidelines KS2 - under review

English enrichment activities:

  • Termly reading and writing awards ceremony
  • Reading Buddies
  • Author visits
  • World Book Day
  • Bedtime stories
  • Monthly spotlight on your class author
  • Book swaps
  • EYFS/Key Stage 1 reading boxes/shared reading books to encourage reading for pleasure
  • Parent workshops in EYFS, KS1, LKS2 and UKS2
  • Daily story time
  • Outdoor book boxes in our willow reading area

World Book Day- March 2020

World Book Day took place on Thursday 5thMarch and our children had a great day as you can see from our photographs! They came in to school dressed up as a book character or they designed a t-shirt in the theme of a book or author. We shared our designs and costumes in assembly and gave everyone 'a twirl'. During the day, we also held our termly book swap, joined in on a ‘Share a Story’ challenge; a ‘Where’s Wally’ challenge and a ‘bunting’ challenge. Some of our entrepreneurs in Year 4 and 5 even made book marks to sell on the day and this proved very popular. What a day!

Bedtime Stories 

On the evening before World Book Day, many of our children came back to school in their pyjamas, dressing gowns, slippers and holding their special teddies so that they could listen to their favourite bedtime stories. The children all enjoyed hot chocolate, cookies and stories while the Friends of the School provided teas and coffees for parents in the school hall. The children thoroughly enjoyed the evening and all of our teachers did too!!

Reading buddies 

Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, many of our Year 6 children go down to Classes 3 and 4 to hear our Year 1 children read and help them with their sounds and words. As you can see from our pictures, they are all working extremely hard but more importantly, they are smiling and having fun. The Year 1 children really enjoy the time they spend with the older girls and boys and can't wait for the next time they come!

Book Swap (Spring Term 1)

On Friday 31st January, we held our 3rd book swap of the year and it was just as successful as all of of our others so far. All of the children were able to pick a book because of the generosity of our wider school family and we appreciate this so much! You can see from the children's faces that they love to read and our book swap is a great way to do this.

The Travelling Book Company and Coxhoe Book Swap (Autumn Term 2)

From Monday 18th to Wednesday 20th November we held this year's second school book swap with a bit of a twist! Whilst children and their families browsed the wide range of new books that the book company had to offer, they were also invited to swap books, have refreshments and share a story: new or old. Thank you so much for all of your support with this event! We were overwhelmed with the number of children donating their books to the swap and the number of families attending over the 3 days. As a result of your huge support, The Travelling Book Company have given us a percentage of their sales so that we can buy books for children in our school!

Book Swap (Autumn Term 1)

On Thursday 17th October we had this school year's first whole school book swap and it was a fabulous success! Many children donated books which they had read and picked up new ones - sparking their interest and imagination. What a great way to ensure that our children have new books to read and enjoy without having to spend any money. A big THANK YOU to all the children who donated their books so that they can be enjoyed again. Watch this space for photographs of our next book swap in November.

Adam Bushnell (Autumn Term) 

Adam Bushnell (a local author and storyteller) visited our school on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th September. Adam worked with all of the children in our school from Reception to Year 6 sharing his stories in order to inspire them to write using our new topics for the Autumn Term.
In Reception and Year 1, the children met Adam's pet tortoise and they really enjoyed making animal noises and stories together. In Year 2, the children learnt all about local wildlife and nature. Whilst in Year 3 and 4 the story writing was based around the Anglo-Saxons and the character of Beowulf and Year 5 and 6 wrote spooky stories based on North American tales. We all had great fun and enjoyed spending times writing or telling stories!