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  • Headteacher: Mrs A Burton
  • Deputy Headteacher: Mrs L Taylor

Exciting English!


English CAN be exciting!


Here at Sawley Junior School, we aim to enthuse children to become fabulous readers and writers. This page will celebrate the ways in which we approach English across the curriculum. 


Reciprocal Reading!


Reciprocal Reading is a new approach to Guided Reading. The children take control of their learning by following reading roles. 

The Leader

The Predictor

The Questioner

The Summariser

The Clarifier





Accelerated Reader


This year, Sawley Junior School has changed the way we approach reading. We are taking part in an exciting reading scheme called Accelerated Reader.This is designed to develop reading skills, improve literacy and foster a love for reading. 


Your child picks a book at their own level and reads it at their own pace. When finished, they take a quiz online – passing the quiz is an indication that they have understood what they have read. Please note: quizzes will always be taken at school.


STAR reading is used to determine your child’s reading level. It is a computer-based reading assessment program which uses multiple choice questions and provides us with a  Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) and reading age. ZPD is the range of books that will challenge a child without causing frustration or loss of motivation. It is important for children to read with a high degree of comprehension and within their ZPD.


The Accelerated Reader levels are tested using difficulty of book and vocabulary level, and therefore do not match the old reading scheme. However, please be assured that these tests are reliable and should give an accurate representation of your child’s reading ability. Since they are reading books at their own reading and interest levels, most children are likely to be successful and enjoy the books and quizzes. Best of all, they learn and grow at their own pace.


We are really excited about Sawley Junior School’s new reading adventure and we hope to ignite the children’s love for reading. As always, we ask you to encourage daily reading at home with your child.




In Sawley Juniors, we want all children to achieve their pen licenses by Year 4, here are some top tips to help towards achieving your pen license:


- Write in cursive (joined up) style. 

- The letters should be a consistent size and form.

 - Your handwriting should stay the same throughout your entire piece of writing.

 - You should be able to neatly write at a good pace.

 - Each letter should start on the line.

 - Your words should be spaced evenly apart from one another.




Spelling has changed at Sawley Junior School, we will now be testing the children every 4 weeks. 


The children will receive 40 spellings, every 4 weeks, that follow similar spelling rules and patterns. This should improve the retention of spellings for children and mean that they can use a wider range of vocabulary in their writing.


It is important that children are practising these spellings at home regularly, as well as in school. 








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