EnglishEnglish covers many areas: Spoken language, Reading, Writing, Spelling, Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation and includes drama and social skills. English skills are also taught though other subjects, e.g. History or RE.

Children are introduced to books as soon as they enter school. We want them to develop a love of reading, as well as to achieve excellent reading skills. Our main reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree, supported by a wide variety of other schemes to provide an individualised reading programme for the children. This includes the X Project which is really appealing to boys. Children take books home to share and read with parents. All children use the School Library and there is a lending library in each year group. Parents help run these.

We teach Phonics from the start to help children develop confidence with word attack skills and to support spelling using the Governments Programme Letters and Sounds. We also have a spelling scheme of work and run regular workshops to enable parents to help their children.

Children are taught to write for a range of purposes, e.g. invitations, letters, lists, in sentences with correct punctuation and learn the importance of correct spelling. The school teaches the ‘Look, Cover, Write, Check’ method of learning spellings. We follow a structured Handwriting Scheme and when children have mastered correct letter formation they are taught how to join the letters. Parent Workshops are provided to help support children at home.

Year One
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12/14
Autumn Labels and captions News writing Handa’s Surprise Stories with familiar settings Oliver’s Vegetables Instructions Traditional Tales The Christmas Story Christmas Rhyming
Spring Literacy from film

Baboon on the moon

Narrative stories from a range of cultures – patterned language Skills verb and noun endings Non-chronological reports – Aliens The Easter Story
Summer Alphabetical Order and Dictionary Work Non-fiction stories about fantasy worlds space super heroes and dinosaurs Poems on a theme Non-fiction information texts

All about animals


Aesop’s Fables

Looking forward Fact Files


Year Two
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11/12 13/14
Autumn Instructions Dogger – familiar settings Traditional Tales with a twist Recount Major Author Christmas Poetry
Spring Major Author Katie Morag Mock SATS Dragonology – non chronological report GFOL Diary Recount trip
Summer Ahlbergs unit Character description Lighthouse Keepers Lunch Dangle