Joseph Cash primary school has been shortlisted for the English Team of the Year Award by the Times Educational Supplement.
The school has beaten off stiff competition to be shortlisted from a record number of entries by demonstrating innovative ways to teach English in a school where the majority of pupils have English as a second language.
Some of the innovative approaches to encourage children to enjoy reading more have been to each give them their own fiction book which they change each half term, read and record themselves and members of staff reading stories to put on the website called ‘Cashanory’ and even changed the location of the library in the school building to make it more accessible.
Fenton, a pupil from year 5 said:
“It’s good to have our book so we can all focus one story. The thing I enjoyed most is writing our own chapter, we got to write the next two chapters. I noticed I had a lot of imagination doing it. My handwriting has improved and I can now use colons and semi-colons. My aim is to try and get a pen licence.
“I felt amazed when the author, Nicki Thornton, came in. I didn’t think she would get in touch with Miss Sandhu as she is obviously so busy writing books.
My favourite type of books are funny ones, like David Walliams. Now I have two days off my computer at home and read on these days, I never used to read at home before.”
Headteacher, Helen Nelson, added:
“I am delighted for us to have been shortlisted and feel it is a fantastic recognition for the school, I am extremely proud of pupils and staff for what they have achieved and the ethos we have created at Joseph Cash.
“Since becoming headteacher in September 2016 it has been wonderful to see the children’s love of reading develop and the impact this is now having on their writing. Children talk passionately about the English curriculum and have been enthusiastic about the changes we have made to the environment to develop our library area.”
The winners will be revealed in London on Friday 21 June 2019.