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Your English co-ordinators are Mrs Holloway for reading and phonics and Mrs Webb for writing and grammar.

English is taught from Nursery to Year 6.


English is broken down into the following areas of learning:

  • Reading and phonics
  • Writing
  • Handwriting
  • Grammar, Punctuation and spelling.

In the Early Years, English is taught through a multisensory approach to develop all of the above skills.


In key stage one, guided reading is taught twice per week and guided writing is  taught three times per week whilst phonics is taught daily. Handwriting is practiced five times per week in KS1 incorporating our weekly spellings.


In key stage 2, guided reading is taught 3 times per week, and writing is taught daily alongside grammar, punctuation and spelling. Handwriting is practised 3 times weekly incorporating our weekly spellings.

From Year 1 to Year 6 a ‘pre-assessment’ is completed before the start of every new genre to find each child's starting point and to set their targets. The planning is then based on these targets. At the end of each genre, a post-assessment is completed to find out whether the children have achieved their targets.


All children from Years 1 to 6 are given spellings which are taught throughout the week and then tested.  Children are encouraged to learn their spellings at home and use them in their writing at school.


Formal assessments of Reading and Writing are given to Year 2 and Year 6 and the results of these are recorded nationally and compared with other schools. Your child will receive an outcome of:

  • Below age related expectations
  • At age related expectations
  • Above age related expectations

Reception to Year 6 will also carry out an assessment called 'Pira' which will give every child a reading age score and this can be tracked throughout school.

While tests can be used to give an age score, your child will be assessed throughout the year using the Staffordshire Assessment Grids for reading and writing and this will inform an overall assessment of your child.