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Phonics is the fundamental starting point of the teaching of reading and writing in our school.  On entry, children undertake a phonics assessment so we can identify any gaps in their early reading understanding. If needed catch-up phonics sessions. We deliver these using Read Write Inc, the children are taught to recognise sounds and break down words into manageable chunks; this is then reinforced through all aspects of our curriculum. 


Despite this being a junior school, staff meet the needs of pupils by ensuring that the teaching of phonics is a central part of the reading provision.” Angela Westington, March 2022 DfE Reading Audit.


In March 2022, we undertook a DfE Reading Audit. Read Write Inc resources were purchased as a result of this so we can teach phonics in line with our feeder Infant School. For continuity, spelling is taught in all year groups using the Read Write Inc programme.


Reading both stories and non-fiction texts is a fundamental part of our children’s educations.  We have great collections of fiction books and non-fiction books in the classrooms. Our children access a wide range of texts throughout the school, as outlined on our reading spine (which are being developed over 2022/2023). 


The main reading material at Key Stage 2 is made up of fully decodable texts from the Read Write Inc reading scheme; as well as Oxford Owl reading scheme to stage 20, there is a wide range of styles of texts to give the children a broad reading experience. Once children have mastered the Oxford Owl they move onto Lexile rated books at their current level, from their class library.


We aspire for all children to enjoy the many pleasures that can be gained through loosing yourself in a book. Fostering a love of reading underpins our curriculum design decisions.  Children are able to choose book from the class library as a ‘choice book,’ to promote enjoyment of a wide of texts.


Reading is at the heart of our English Curriculum, which is focused on high quality texts, linked carefully to both the English Curriculum and, where suitable, our wider curriculum.  These books are the focus of our class reading each half term.

Writing follows reading in every class, where links are purposeful. Writing tasks are mapped closely to the high-quality texts, which are used as outstanding models for the four genres of writing on which we focus:

  • Writing to entertain
  • Writing to inform
  • Writing to persuade
  • Writing to discuss

Every child has a writing space to display their writing on our 'Writing Walls', meaning that every child knows their work will have an audience.  Here their published work is shared with the school.  Before publishing their final version, they work through a process of self and peer-editing. As often as possible we also send these published texts to a relevant wider world audience. In Year 3 we endeavour to get a Blue Peter badge awarded per child for a piece of their published writing. Other regular recipients include the Prime Minister, Local MP, authors, local businesses and other people of interest to the pupils in school.

In Key Stage 2, pupils learn to write more fluently, using different forms like poems, stories, and reports. Students also start to think more about the meaning of words and how language can be used to have an effect on the audience or reader. There is also a focus on learning more complex grammar and spelling.

Autumn Term

Take a look at what the children will get upto in the Autumn Term.


Year 3

  • Non-chronological Reports
  • poetry
  • Narrative Writing
  • myths and legends


Year 4

  • Non-chronological reports
  • poetry
  • narrative
  • newspaper report
  • dairy entries
  • letters
  • explanations
  • playscripts
  • discussion and debate


Years 5 and 6

  • Non-chronological report
  • poetry
  • narrative
  • newspaper report
  • diary entries
  • letters
  • explanation
  • playscripts
  • discussion
  • debates


Although all classes are covering the same areas of English they will be working on age related tasks linking to their topics and class novels.




    Grammar is essentially the rules of how a language is structured and used. Adhering to spelling and grammar rules is important within English in order to communicate effectively, avoiding confusion and misunderstandings.


    In Spelling and grammar the children will be learning many spelling strategies and key skills to make their writing wonderful. This term the grammar we will focus on are;


    Year 3

    • We will recap previous learning for the children to gain deeper understanding of these skills.
    • conjunctions
    • determiners


    Year 4

    • pronouns
    • fronted adverbials


    Year 5

    • relative clause
    • model verbs
    • adverbs


    Year 6

    • synonyms and antonyms
    • word classes
    • subjective form


    All children have a Book club session once a week where they access a literacy based computer lesson from Lexia. Lexia provides differentiation through a menu of activities and learning games. It's designed with a range of learners in mind, building their phonemic awareness and phonics so they can move from "learning to read to reading to learn".

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