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Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf read by Mr Dickson

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Chapter 2:

Chapter 3:

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Slime by David Walliams read by Mrs White

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Chapters 17,18,19 & 20:

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Chapters 29,30 & 31:


A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond read by Mrs Baker

Mrs Baker reads chapter one                    Paddington reading questions_chapter one


Mrs Baker reads chapter two                    Paddington reading questions_chapter two      


Mrs Baker reads chapter three                 Paddington reading questions_chapter three


Mrs Baker reads chapter four                   Paddington reading questions_chapter four


Mrs Baker reads chapter five                    Paddington reading questions_chapter five     


Mrs Baker reads chapter six                      Paddington reading questions_chapter six


One Grain of Rice by Demi read by Mrs Keeping

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Shorter Reads

Mrs Keeping reads ‘Princesses are not Quitters’ 

Mrs Oliver reads 'Mrs Armitage on Wheels'

Mrs Oliver reads 'Christopher Nibble':

Mrs Cawston reads 'Hugless Douglas':

Mrs Oliver reads 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch':

Mrs White reads ‘The Lion Inside’:

Miss Clayton reads ‘Super Daisy’

Miss Clayton reads ‘The Detective Dog’

Mrs Salt reads 'We're Going on an Egg Hunt!' 

Mrs Green reads ‘Sshhh Don’t Wake The Royal Baby’

Mrs Chisholm reads ‘Paper Dolls’

Mrs Tuffley reads ‘The Enormous Crocodile’

Mrs Green reads ‘ Happy Birthday Royal Baby’

Home Learning Ideas

Escape with an audio book for free! - 

Listen to David Walliams' funny stories -

Explore texts and answer questions on them - 

Be inspired to write -

Explore new texts and develop your general English skills  - and


Poetry Corner

We've received some wonderful poems from children who have been getting their creative juices flowing! Here are a selection to enjoy, as well as a brilliant offering from Mrs Ellis! Enjoy more on the Literacy blog below. If you would like to share a poem that you have written, email

The Sea by Bella

My Mum’s Veggie Chilli by Tijmen

Soldiers of Kwai by Damien

'Stay Home SuperHeroes'

Stay Home SuperHeroes' - Sophie's Stories - Douglas Valley Nursery

Children everywhere are now being told to stay home from school.
Adults everywhere are unsure how to explain something that we are struggling to comprehend ourselves, so have a look at this brilliant story by the talented Sophie’s Stories and perhaps share it with your little one.
You are all superheroes ✨

COVID19 Story Book For Your Children

Below is a link to a new book for 5 - 11 year olds explaining COVID19 in child's terms and  is really well illustrated.

There’s a new word you might have heard.
You might hear people talking about it or you might hear it on the news.
This word is the reason that you’re not going to school. It is the reason you
can’t go outside very often or visit your friends. It might be the reason why
the grown-up or grown-ups who look after you are at home.

The word is 'Coronavirus'

Please share with your children if you would like to.

Literacy at Brill

Our aim is to develop all pupils’ love, intellectual curiosity and confidence in the written and spoken word. With these skills, our pupils will leave Brill fascinated and engaged in all areas of the Literacy curriculum. Additionally, they will be equipped with the proficiency to transfer these skills into all subjects and areas of their lives.

How do we create confident readers and writers?

Creating an environment that nurtures and encourages a love of books, is an essential starting point in a child’s reading and writing journey. From our pupils’ first day at Brill, they are immersed in an atmosphere of story-telling which supports their development as early readers and writers. As our pupils continue their time at Brill, they will experience Literacy lessons centred around a carefully chosen text that supports and deepens their literary skills. Class books are chosen to engage our pupils, broaden their experiences and model a variety of excellent writing styles. To further support our pupils’ development as writers, our units of work follow an ‘Edit and Improve’ cycle which allows students time to reflect upon and evaluate their writing. In Key Stage 1 we use 'Bug Club' as our main reading scheme,which link fluidly with our phonics progression. In Year R 'Jolly Phonics' is utilised as our phonics scheme progressing to 'Letters and Sounds' in Years 1 and 2.


Tijmen's tremendous poem!

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Tijmen has been busy creating poetry this week - have a read of his amazing work below!

Don't worry - it isn't autobiographical!

My mum’s veggie chilli

Walking back from school, had a rubbish day,

had a rainy morning, afternoon went the wrong way,

bullies tease me constantly,

teachers treat me monstrously,

can't get any worse for me,

a happiness delay.

On the school run I decided to walk,

saw my best friend and we started to talk.

just then the bully came around,

gave us both a mighty pound,

threw me and him to the ground,

our faces white as chalk.

Got to school late and was covered in dirt,

made my black shorts brown and coated my shirt.

I was brown as a ship's mast,

had to get me washed up fast,

they cleaned me up at long last,

but I missed dessert.

When I got back teacher gave me detention,

my class treated me like I am from another dimension.

I looked like a right old fool,

everyone was really cruel,

had to stay in after school,

like a useless invention.

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Mrs Baker reads Chapter 2 from 'A Bear Called Paddington'

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Mrs Baker reads Chapter 1 from 'A Bear Called Paddington'

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Mrs Ellis is calling all poets!

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I hope you all enjoyed Easter and that some chocolate made its way into the online shopping. During my quarantine, I have been putting pen to paper in a stab at some poetry writing. Send me yours? Below is one I came up with called ‘The Trouble with Smiggle’ (other stationery brands are available). Maybe you want to reply in poem form, highlighting why I’m wrong? Or be inspired more widely – I’d love to read anything you choose to write and we’ll pop some up on the website. My second poem is dedicated to all of you – I’ve called it ‘The Hill Children’: maybe you could write a poem about your time in Brill during lockdown? I had lots of fun doing these, so I hope you’ll join in and have fun, too.


The Trouble with Smiggle

Why is your pencil case three-storeys tall?

It’s got zippers and poppers, a bell and a ball;

It’s got highlighters smelly and highlighters plain,

Do you need glitter gel pens to write out your name?

It’s got sequins - reversible, wouldn’t you know!

Whether hardback or squashy, it puts on a show

All of its own, but the trouble with that

Is your tray won’t close… and Miss Webb’s heading back!

© MA Ellis

The Hill Children

They saw the hill children and kept them at bay,

In the woods, on the farms, at the windmill all day;

Until someone said, “We will build you a school,

A place full of books that will give you the tools,

To craft what you may from this sticky-clay world,

And shape it and mould it, ‘til beauty unfolds,

Before, in the kiln of Brill, it is set – then sent on its way.”


Perhaps, out in the world, on one far-off day,

Those others, the lowlanders, will stare, open-mouthed

(Though they’re grown-ups, in suits now, and terribly proud)

As the hill children tell (in suits of their own) of a time they slayed dragons,

Chased hobbits and gnomes.

© MA Ellis

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Poetry time!

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Spring is definitely in the air, and the Easter holidays are a fantastic opportunity to write some poems about the incredible new plants and animals that are springing up all around us. Or maybe you fancy writing a poem about your favourite food? Or life at home?!

Michael Rosen's poems - and the way he performs them - always make me laugh! He uses his voice, actions and expressions so cleverly!  He has a YouTube channel you can explore. Here is one of my favourites - Chocolate Cake!

What changes as the poem goes on? How does it make you feel? 

Can you write a poem with sounds and expressions just like Michael Rosen?

What will you call your poem?

Could you perform it to your family at home?! I bet they will love it!

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Here at Brill we love books! We feel reading is such an important part of education; especially reading for pleasure. We encourage a love of books with our beautiful library and our teachers’ enthusiasm. Our committed library team ensure children are selecting a range of books which both motivate and challenge them.

‘Bug Club’, a finely-levelled reading scheme is used to ensure children access books at exactly the right level for them. This scheme supports our teaching of phonics and provides the systematic and progressive approach that is needed to secure strong foundations for lifelong reading. A variety of book genres are available to appeal to all readers, as well as our hugely popular e-book system which has encouraged even the most reluctant of readers to engage with their reading.

During lessons we have a range of different approaches; our new ‘Bug Club’ is used with the lower key stages and has been very popular with the children and consistently supports our phonics provision. Guided reading is taught weekly through the school- where a text is explored more deeply, and inference and deduction skills are used to fully comprehend. We also encourage book talks from the children who are often very eager to share their passion!

Class books are picked very carefully to match our topics and again offer a rich and deeper understanding of our learning in class. This book encompasses the whole topic and offers a range of fiction and non-fiction.

We have a range of visitors who encourage reading even further, a few of our recent events have included; Reading for Rugby, Dads and Lads and Leysa Henderson (an author who wrote Lost Lives). We also have regular members of the community come in to challenge our more able and support those who reading does not come naturally to.



At school, your child will be using their phonics skills to spell unfamiliar words and to spell common and tricky words too. We look at spelling patterns during our SPaG lessons and as well as that we send home trickier words to learn by rote. We know spellings don’t come naturally to everyone so as well as encouraging the learning of spellings we also encourage dictionary use and independent strategies the children can use to improve further.

We also celebrate ‘Star Spellers’ during our weekly celebration assembly. During which we focus on children who have used imaginative methods of learning, have shown commitment or are using independent strategies to embed their spellings into their classwork. This award is always enthusiastically received!



Children in Year R take part in daily Phonics sessions using the ‘Jolly Phonics’ scheme, which provides a thorough foundation for reading and writing. It uses the ‘synthetic phonics’ method of teaching letter sounds in a way that is fun and multi-sensory. Children learn to match the written letter to an individual sound using actions and songs to help embed them within their memory. This allows them to ‘decode’ words by blending individual sounds together for reading and segmenting the individual sounds in words for writing. The children practise these blending and segmenting skills within their phonics lessons and within purposeful and playful opportunities throughout their school day. Children are also taught to sight read common exception words otherwise known as 'tricky’ words.

Children in KS1 further develop their phonic knowledge and reading and writing skills using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ national strategy. Children are taught alternate ways of writing or saying the different letter combinations and strengthen their ability to sight read tricky words. In this phase Children develop into independent, fluent readers and increasingly accurate spellers.

‘Bug Club’, a finely-levelled reading scheme is used to ensure children access books at exactly the right level for them. This scheme supports our teaching of phonics and provides the systematic and progressive approach that is needed to secure strong foundations for lifelong reading. A variety of book genres are available to appeal to all readers, as well as our hugely popular e-book system which has encouraged even the most reluctant of readers to engage with their reading.

Mrs Oliver

Literacy Coordinator

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