Welsh Government have launched a series of exemplar materials to demonstrate the types of text and questions that are used for the statutory National Reading Tests.

Click here to access them - Reading sample materials.

On Wednesday, 6 February 2013, Afon Taf launched its new 'Literacy Mats' in all classrooms to support pupils' writing.
The Literacy mat is set up into four section:
  • Text Purpose - Does the style of your writing match the purpose of your text? This section will cover Writing Styles and introduce you to the six text types;
  • Connectives -  This section provides words that will help you link and extend your writing. This section also shows you the school's 'Marking for Literacy Code' that teachers at Afon Taf use when marking pupils' work;
  • Common Errors - This section highlights some common spelling and punctuation errors;
  • Punctuation - This section outlines basic and complex punctuation rules to help improve your writing.
You can download a copy of the Literacy Mat by clicking on the image above to help your child with their extended writing in any subject.
  •  Look out for the Word of the Week!

  • Check out our latest writing competition in school.
Congratulations to our pupils who have just been published in Busta Rhyme!

Congratulations to our pupils who have been accepted to be published in Welcome to Wonderland!

Pupil can check out our current poetry  competitions in the English department. There are prizes and the chance to be a published author.
  • KS3 form time tasks will be based on written skills.


Recommended Reading List 2016 - 17

These are the results of our reading questionnaire, in order of the most popular first:

  1. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

  2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

  3. The Guinness Book of Records

  4. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

  5. The Fault in our Stars by John Green

  6. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

  7. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

  8. The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson

  9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe series by C.S. Lewis

  10. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

  11. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

  12. Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan

  13. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

  14. Holes by Louis Sachar

  15. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

  16. Boy and Going Solo by Roald Dahl

  17. Watership Down by Richard Adams

  18. The Northern Lights trilogy by Phillip Pullman

  19. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

  20. Stone Cold by Robert Swindells

  21. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time by Mark Haddon

  22. Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman

Here are the top 20 pupil recommendations:

  1. Roald Dahl

  2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

  3. David Walliams

  4. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

  5. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shephard

  6. Paper Town by John Green

  7. Charles Dickens

  8. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

  9. Dork Diaries by Rachel Russell

  10. Username:Evie by Joe Sugg

  11. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

  12. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

  13. The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan

  14. The Divergent series by Veronica Roth

  15. The Territory by Sarah Govett

  16. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

  17. Girl Online by Zoella

  18. The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks

  19. Small But Deadly by Tom Jackson

  20. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

And a lot more...!

 Stig of the Dump by Clive King                                                  Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian                        Into the Woods by John Yorke

Miranda Sings (helf selp)                                                             A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck                                         Buddy by Nigel Hinton

My Sister the Vampire by Sienna Mercer                                 All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Lone Survivor by Marcus luttrell                                                 The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Cherub by Robert Muchamore                                                    The Phoenix Files – Chris Morphew

My Story by Steven Gerrard                                                         Muhmammed Ali Biography

Sherlock Holmes  by Arthur Conan Doyle                                  Steve Backshall

Stephanie Perkins                                                                           Stan Lee

Victoria Aveyard                                                                              Rainbow Rowell

Gillian Flynn                                                                                      Frances Harding

Andy Mcnab                                                                                     Bear Grylls