English at Claremont

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National Storytelling Week

On the 24th January it was National Storytelling Week. This is a week where we celebrate the joy of telling stories. An assembly was held on Tuesday 14th to celebrate the joy of telling stories. Children discussed what makes a good story, their favourite stories and also what made a good storyteller. Below are 3 challenges to help children get into storytelling.

In the next English Assembly (Tuesday 14th March) we will celebrate children’s entries.

Happy Storytelling!

Miss Campbell and Mrs Hargreaves

Writing Competition – Descriptive Writing!

Miss Langley and Miss White have set you a writing competition.

Can you write some descriptive writing which includes:

similes or / and personification

The winners will receive a certificate and there will be a couple of prizes to be won!

Happy Writing!

If you forget what a simile or personification is – don’t forget to check the display in the hall!

signatory Paul Goyette via Compfight

Word of the week 27/09/16

This weeks word of the week is friend.

Can you write a definition for this word?

Can you use it in a sentence?

Can you find words that have the root ‘friend’ in them?

Do you know any synonyms or antonyms of friend?

Grammar Term of the Week 27/09/16

Modal Verbs 

We use modal verbs to show if we believe something is certain, probable or possible (or not). We also use modals to do things like talking about ability, asking permission making requests and offers, and so on.


The modal verbs we use are:

can could
may might
shall should
will would

Can you add in some modal verbs to these sentences?

I ______ ride my bike.

We ________ go to the park after school.

You ________ wear your school shoes.

Everyone ________ follow the school rules.

She _______ speak English.



Can you write your own sentences with modal verbs in?

Grammar Term of the week 14/6/16


A clause is a group of words that includes a subject and a verb.

  • A subject is the noun, pronoun, or set of words that performs the verb.
  • A verb is a word or set of words that shows action (runs, is going, has been painting); feeling (loves, envies); or state of being (am, are, is, have been, was, seem).

A clause is a stand alone sentence.

Examples of clauses:-

The dog barked.

The girl screamed.

The man sang.

Complex sentences

A complex sentence is used to put across more detailed ideas. A complex sentence contains one main clause that can make sense on its own, and one or more minor clauses that are linked to it.

The main clause is the ‘big dog barked’ because it has a subject and a verb and makes sense by itself.

The minor clause is ‘When I arrived’. Although it is a clause with a subject and a verb, it doesn’t make sense on its own, it needs a main clause.

We can add more minor clauses to make a more complex sentence.

Take a look at these sentences to see if you can spot the main clause and the minor clauses in each one.

Q1. Even though he cycled with care he hit the kerb.

Q2. I like ham and tomato sandwiches.

Q3. During term time my school opens at 8.45 am.

Q4. The winner of the race buys everybody else a lollypop.

Minor Clause can be described as subordinate clauses, a subordinate clause cannot stand alone as a complete thought.

Subordinate Clause= subordinate conjunction + subject+ verb

Can you identify the subordinate clauses in the sentences below?

Although I was scared, I crept inside.

The boy, who was ten, jumped.

The sun, which was shining brightly, was above us.


Grammar term of the week 23/5/16


Prepositions are words which show the relationship of one thing to another.

It can be information such as time, location or direction: up, after, across, into, past, under, below, above … e.g. Tom jumped over the cat. The monkey is in the tree.

These words tell you where one thing is in relation to something else.

Can you write me a sentence or a short paragraph containing 2 or more prepositions. 


Spelling rule of the week 24/5/16

A final silent e
usually dropped
before you
any suffix beginning
with a vowel

The suffix  -ous

fame > famous
pore > porous

Words ending in -ge keep their final to clarify the soft pronunciation of a preceding consonantal sound:advantage > advantageous
courage > courageous

In the case of words ending in -ce this final e becomes an i:
grace > gracious
space > spac

Write a sentence to include -ous words. How many -ous words do you know? Post them to the blog.

This week’s spelling rule 10/05/16

This week we’d like you to look at the suffixes -ible and -able.

The -able suffix usually comes at the end of modern words such as:






The -ible suffix usually comes at the end of words that are from Latin such as:






Do you know any more words with the suffix -ible or able?

Can you give a clear definition of any words with the -ible or -able suffixes?

Can you put any of these words into your own writing?


I look forward to reading your comments below and seeing what you have to share with us in assembly next week.


Miss Tomlinson

Grammar Term of the week 3/5/16

Compound Sentences 

A Compound Sentence is a sentence that joins two simple sentences (independent clauses) together with a comma, conjunction or semicolon.

An independent clause is a clause that can stand alone. It is a group of words that contains a subject and verb and expresses a complete thought- An independent clause is a sentence.

Examples of independent clauses:-

The cat was happy.

He slept underneath the bed.

Join these 2 independent clauses to create a compound sentence.

The cat was happy, he slept underneath the bed.

There are three ways to combine independent causes to make a compound sentence:




The teens walked to the park but it was closed.

The gentleman did not know where the sound came from, so he hid behind the tree.

You can also use a semicolon to create a compound sentence since the two statements are equal.

The teacher applauded the class; the kids beamed with pride.

The dog ate; the cat slept.

Post on the blog examples of compound sentences using conjunctions, commas or semi colons.


Word of the Week 3/5/16

This week the word of the week is conscious. Find and post as many words as you can find with the suffix -cious.

Include as many as you can in sentences.


Here are some examples: