At Kea we know that Literacy makes a crucial contribution to children’s development as successful learners. Their developing use of language underpins their achievement across the curriculum and equips them with essential communication skills throughout their life.

We believe that Literacy teaching and learning must be engaging, relevant and purposeful . Literacy helps children to develop their imagination, see the world through the eyes of others and read and write for pleasure. 

Through carefully planned teaching in meaningful contexts, teachers provide a relevant, challenging, differentiated and engaging curriculum that enables each child to progress with confidence, fluency and understanding.

 Our Big Write Days, Entry Point Days and Outcome days are just some examples of how we deliver an  engaging, rich and and exciting literacy curriculum here at Kea Primary School.  


 World Book Day at Kea ! (10.3.21)
Today the children and teachers came to school dressed as a book character to celebrate a belated World Book Day.
All the classes had an exciting  "virtual author" visit from the Sunday Times  Best Selling author, Sarah Oliver, kindly funded by Kea School Friends . Sarah shared her love of Cornwall with us a former student at Falmouth University. She sent our school a special, personalised message. She then read some of her books to the children and each class took part in a drama and writing workshop related to their story. We look forward to sharing examples of our inspired writing on our class pages.                                                              Please visit Sarah’s website if you would like more information about Sarah's publications   Home – Sarah Oliver

There were lots of other exciting activities we took part in throughout the day, such as character hot seating, book mark designs and scavenger hunts. 

We also started our 200 Million Reads Challenge today, contributing to the challenge of encouraging people around the world to share our love of reading.

  It was so wonderful to have a celebratory day together again in school.

Cornish Book Day !
On Thursday 5 March we combined "World Book Day" and "St Piran's Day" to celebrate a  "Cornish Book Day"! 
Throughout the school, the children read a range of books by Cornish authors and books set in Cornwall. KS1 read and created story boards for "Soggy the Bear","Soggy to the Rescue" and "The Sand Horse". All three of these stories are set in St Ives. Year 3 read "The Mousehole Cat" and created art work based around the book.  
In the afternoon KS1 celebrated everything Cornish , with a Cornish cream tea which they had made in the morning. They also made St Piran Flags and collaged the Cornish coat of arms. To finish their celebrations, the children learned some traditional Cornish songs and dances.
                                           "Gool Peran Lowe
The Big Read !
Here at Kea School we love reading!
To celebrate our passion for books we have enjoyed a whole morning dedicated to reading fiction, non fiction, poetry, magazines and all kinds of literature. 
We began with a whole school assembly reflecting on why we enjoy books and how we benefit from a rich reading environment. We listened to the story of "The Man Engine" by Will Coleman. The younger children enjoyed watching the man engine come back to life , whilst the older children learned a little about the important part that mining played in our Cornish heritage.They are now keen to learn more in our "Cousin Jacks" topic later in the year.
Years 4, 5 and 6 were then treated to a session with a new children's author , Scott Jones. Scott introduced the main characters in his book and then read a chapter from his book " The Secret of the Dark Wood". The children were captivated and can't wait to read their own copies of the book to find out what happens!
For the rest of the morning the children took part in various reading activities, such as: creating an alternative book cover for their favourite book, a shared reading session with another class, writing book reviews and recommendations for the school library, compiling their top 10 favourite books, "hot seating" well known story characters, unwrapping their next class story book in a game of pass the parcel and sharing their creative"Shelfie" pictures. At the end of the morning the children snuggled up with blankets and cushions for a cosy storytime.
We had a wonderful morning. Pupil's said:"This has been really fun because we went right into our stories as if we were the real characters !" ..."I can't wait to start our story"... " I want to read the magazines myself so that I can try out some of the science experiments.It has really helped me want to learn more" ....
Staff said "We must do this again but for a whole day! "  
Our Lovely Library
Our library is full of exciting books! 
We have recently restocked the library with 200 new books. There are so many new fiction and non fiction books that there is something for everyone.
 Our Junior Librarians asked each class which books they would like to have in our school library.They then visited the Education Library Service with Mrs Addey and Mrs Olive and selected 200 books based on their audit of pupil requests, recommendations from book reviews and books required for our whole school topics.
Great Books Not To Miss!
Take a look at the lists of quality books "not to miss" in Years F, 1,2,3,4,5 and 6. We are regularly updating our library to stock as many of these books as possible so that the children are able to share these fantastic reads! Look out for our book reviews and other reading recommendations on the newsletter.
Happy Reading!
Reading aloud to children is an incredibly valuable way to engage children with books and encourage their own reading. It is not only early readers who enjoy listening to stories being read to them, older children can gain so much from this wonderful pleasure. 
Here are some of Jaqueline Wilson's suggested "Read Aloud"  books: 
                                                        Big Write Days
One of the many ways  we create an engaging literacy curriculum is through our  "Big Write " days. The whole school takes part! Year 2-Year 6 pupils are grouped vertically for the day. Foundation  and Year 1 work in their class groups. Each group focuses on a particular writing genre and pupils are able to choose the genre they would to would like to develop. Pupils begin their day with a drama or practical activity  eg acting out a mining rescue, cooking food in a fire pit. The pupils work together to create a piece of writing and related art work to present in assembly and display around the school. The quality of writing and the enthusiasm of the pupils to write is fantastic and we are always proud to share our "Big Write" writing.

                                   The Big Write - "TOYS"

On Wednesday 24th April,  the whole school took part in our “BIG WRITE” Day. Our theme was “Toys” and the children chose which writing genre they wanted to work with.

Foundation made their own lift the flap book based on “Dear Zoo” and Year 1 composed their own toy poem based on Trevor Millum’s poem “What’s In The Box?”. Mr Carey’s group wrote some exciting “Toy Stories and Mrs Green’s group wrote instructions for board games that they had made for wet play times. Miss Reeve’s group wrote some poems using rich, descriptive vocabulary and Mrs D’s group created iMovie trailers for toy themed films. Mrs Baker’s group found a box full of toys and wrote some excellent newspaper reports about their discovery and Mrs Morgan’s group recreated some Winnie the Pooh stories.

It was a wonderful celebration of writing across a range of genres.

Examples of Writing Spring 2019
Each Year group has been learning  about a particular writing genre. After some weeks of the children mastering their genre through reading,telling, practising, editing and redrafting , the children have produced some impressive pieces of writing.
Here are some examples of their best writing below.
 Year 1 - Stories with predictable and patterned language
We have read "We're Going on a Bear Hunt", " The Gruffalo", "Room on the Broom" and many more books that use patterned language. We used these stories and substituted our own characters and actions. After lots of practise , editing and improving, we wrote our own stories with patterned language. Here are our stories based on the "Voyage of the Mystery" called "We're Going on a Voyage" !
 Year 4- Poetry
Year 4 have been reading , composing and writing their own poems. Their challenge was to create powerful images and compose rhyming poems  based on the story of "The Voyage of the Mystery". They have edited and redrafted their work to create these wonderful poems.
                      Examples of Writing Autumn Term 2018
Each Year group has been learning  about a particular writing genre. After some weeks of the children mastering their genre through reading,telling, practising, editing and redrafting , the children have produced some impressive pieces of writing.
Here are some examples of their best writing below.
                                                 Year 1
Year 1 have been learning to tell and write stories from Cornwall using a story map. The children have learned to sequence the events with a beginning , middle and end, punctuate sentences with full stops and include adjectives in 1A and 2A sentences.
                                                                    Year 2 
Y2 have written stories based on their topic ,"Cornish Myths and Legends". They have been learning to improve their character and setting descriptions.
Year 3
Year 3 have been learning to write recipes. They have used planning frames to plan their writing. The children have listed the ingredients and have used imperative verbs for each instruction.Their final recipe is for the delicious apple pies they made in their DT food lesson, using apples they had picked in our orchard.
Year 4
Following their museum visit to learn more about the Egyptians, Year 4 planned a nd wrote explanation texts. These texts explain the  Egyptian "Weighing of the Heart" ceremony. 
                                          Year 5
Year 5 have been learning how to write formal letters . They wrote letters from Howard Carter , the Eyptologist who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun. The children learned about the features of formal letters, they used their planning frames to plan their ideas and then wrote these fantastic letters.
                                                               Year 6
Year 6 have written some brilliant "Tales of WWI " diary entries. These have been displayed for everyone to read and appreciate. 
The class have also been planning and writing jouralistic reports. They have planned a newspaper report, following the City of Lights Parade and have written their first draft. These examples  show their first draft that has been self and peer assessed and edited. 
Year 6 have been studying Shakespear's MacBeth. They have read, acted out and written scripts from parts of the play.
Year 6 have also written some incredible diary entries by Anne Boleyn. They really capture the despair she must have felt before her tragic death.
Year 5 have studied Michael Morpurgo's "Kensuke's Kingdom" . They have written some inspirational letters in a bottle as Michael, to his parents.
Year 4 wrote some very well structured and detailed recounts of their visit to the "Britain In The Blitz" exhibition at Flambards. They worked hard to edit and redraft  and then published their final piece on this fantastic display,
Year 1 read "The Smartest Giant In Town" and wrote their own versions of the stories. They included  2A sentences and Compound Sentences in their writing.

                                                        The Smartest Giant In Town

Rudy was the scruffiest giant. He was miserable and sad so he bought some new clothes. He bought a new shirt and a new tie. The tie was blue and the shirt was white. Rudy met a cold and freezing giraffe and he gave him his tie for a scarf. Next he met a sabre tooth tiger. Rudy gave it his new shirt. Rudy felt unhappy so he went back to the shop. He found his new clothes. When he saw his old clothes he was so happy.

 By Archie Year 1



The Smartest Giant In Town

 Pollard was a messy giant. He was upset and grumpy so he bought golden, new, smart clothes. He met a spotty goat and gave him his belt for a slide. Next he met a giraffe. Pollard gave a pair of trousers to the giraffe for a warm house. Pollard felt sad so he went back to the shop and found his clothes. He felt so excited.


By Finlay Year 1       



                                      The Smartest Giant In Town

 Merry was a scruffy, messy giant. She was grumpy and upset so she bought some new clothes. She bought a smart new shirt and some new posh shorts. Merryn met a cold goat and gave it her new scarf. She met an upset dog. Merryn gave it her new golden trousers. She felt upset so she went back to the shop and she found her old gown. She felt pleased and happy again.


By Merry  Year 1                





As part of their World War 2 Topic, Year 1 wrote "Blitz" Poems, inspired by their own "Blitz" artwork.
"The Blitz"
Bright red sky,
Like bonfire night.
Pitch black bombers,
Booming , banging bombs.
When will this stop?
By Finn
"The Blitz"
Bright, dazzling, yellow sky,
Like a bonfire on Bonfire Night.
Space black bombers,
Terrifying, horrifying bombs!
Why are there bombs outside?
By Jude