*Click here for an overview of the English Curriculum for Year 1-6*


Guided Reading sessions (mainly whole class), take place every day in all classrooms from Year 1 through to Year 6.  In Year 1, it is called 'Daily Supported Reading Programme' (some children carry this out in the Summer term of Reception). In addition to this, some children are listened to individually at other regular times. Children take a reading book home from the book corner to practise their reading at home. To encourage reading for pleasure children are read to every afternoon by their class teacher.

Daily phonics lessons take place from Nursery through to Year 2, following the 'Letters and Sounds' phonics programme.

Speaking and Listening

Children practise their speaking and listening skills as drama activities in a unit of work they do in Literacy lessons.  Also, class assemblies incorporating drama take place termly.


Spelling rules/patterns are taught weekly, in line with the National Curriculum 2014.


Basic skills (mainly focusing on grammar, handwriting and spelling), are taught for a fortnight at the beginning of each half term.  Thereafter, Literacy lessons are taught based on a book or good quality piece of text where key features are identified.  The children then produce their own piece of writing known as 'Big Writing'.  Grammar rules are taught as part of Literacy lessons.  Writing across the curriculum takes place in other subjects taught.  Cursive handwriting is taught throughout the school from Reception up to year 6.

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