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Cassiobury Infant and Nursery School

Learning together, growing together; inspiring our children in their journey through life.


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Thanks to everybody that supported our Scholastic Book Fair - we sold £636.50 worth of books! We earned 50% commission for the school, so we are intending to add some books to our reading scheme and also buy some non-fiction texts to support learning in foundation subjects such as History, Geography and Science. 

Casiobury Infant & Nursery School are taking part in the 100 Million Minute Reading Challenge – a national reading initiative from education charity Achievement for All. Beginning on World Book Day (Thursday 1st March 2018) we will be joining early years settings, schools, colleges and community groups across the UK to collectively read for…


100,000,000 minutes in a week!


Research shows that just ten minutes of reading a day makes a huge difference to a child’s progress. By taking part in the 100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge we hope to:


  • Encourage our children to read more often, and for longer
  • Raise sponsorship money for Achievement for All
  • Win prizes for our school by achieving the highest average number of reading minutes per pupil


This reading challenge is free to all participants, however we have included sponsorship details in this pack should you wish to raise money for the charity: Achievement for All, who support disadvantaged young people in education.


100 Million Minutes is a school-wide challenge and all reading will count towards Cassiobury’s final score. Pupils can read anything…picture books, paperbacks, magazines, comics, plays, newspapers, and e-books are all great! Every child in school has been given a bookmark to record their daily reading minutes, which will then be collated and submitted to the competition website. Last year’s winners received a dedicated reading space, vouches for resources and equipment. The winner will be the school with the highest average number of reading minutes per pupil, so…


100 Million Minute Reading Challenge - resources

Mystery Reader - Autumn Term 2017


This term we have been very lucky to have the author Stephen Hughes visit our school as a 'mystery reader'. The children were really excited to meet a published author and hear him read his story about the 'Dinosaur in the Shed' which is the not so every day story of a little girl, Hannah, who hatches out an egg she finds in the local park. Hannah and her parents get quite the shock when they discover that the new family member is a dinosaur! 


After he had shared his story, Year 2 interviewed Stephen about his writing.

The Dinosaur in the Shed

The Dinosaur in the Shed 1
The Dinosaur in the Shed 2

Thursday 9th November 2017 - Free BookTrust books for Reception children!

Thursday 9th November 2017 - Free BookTrust books for Reception children! 1 The children couldn't wait to read their books!

Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge


The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. You can sign up at your local library, then read six library books of your choice to complete the Challenge. There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way, and it’s FREE to take part!


At Cassiobury Infant and Nursery School, English is taught using the The Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework (Nursery & Reception) and The National Curriculum for English in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)


Teaching English in the EYFS (Nursery & Reception)


The EYFS Framework sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children's 'school readiness' and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.


There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings (3 Prime and 4 Specific areas). All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected; the areas that link to the acquisition of English skills are as follows:


  • Communication and Language (Listening & Attention, Understanding and Speaking)
  • Physical Development (Moving & Handling)
  • Literacy (Reading and Writing)



Teaching English in KS1 (Years 1 & 2)


The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:


  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate

In KS1 children are taught to write for a range of different genres.

In KS1 children are taught to write for a range of different genres. 1
In KS1 children are taught to write for a range of different genres. 2