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At St Richard’s we aim to ensure that English Lessons develop pupil’s spoken language reading, writing, spelling grammar and vocabulary. We strongly believe the exposure of children’s literature within the primary school setting is vital as a rich context for learning; not only within English as a subject but to support building a reading culture throughout the school and to help foster a life-long love of reading. We use high quality books that offer opportunities for empathy and can aid philosophical enquiry, as a means of developing the spoken language requirements through debate, drama and discussion using the issues raised through, and within, the text. We recognise that texts are influential in expanding pupil’s knowledge beyond their immediate experiences.  Writing in role using a range of genres is key to our approach and we will always aim for our writing opportunities to be meaningful; whether short or long and that the audience is clear. We also strive to ensure that writing is always purposeful whether to explain, persuade, inform or instruct and that where possible, this can be embedded within text or linked to a curriculum area. As a school we recognise the importance of developing children’s vocabulary and how it improves all areas of communication – listening, speaking, reading and writing. We continually provide opportunities to enable pupils to strengthen their vocabulary. Just as it is essential to have a purpose for writing, we also ensure that our grammar and spelling is meaningful. Alongside specific grammar, punctuation and grammar lessons, we also integrate this learning into the English lessons so children can apply these skills






  • We will deliver four weekly sessions with lessons taken from the Literacy Tree Scheme of Work.
  • The lessons will focus on different types of texts: fiction, non-fiction and poetry. There will be a variety of books used including picture books from Reception up to Year 6.
  • Children will have opportunities to write a length but to also complete shorter writing tasks.
  • The writing tasks will have a focus on thinking about who is the audience and what the purpose of the task is.
  • The writing tasks will be meaningful and cover a range of genres such as, but not limited to: a story, diary entry, newspaper article, persuasive argument and a letter.
  • Children will have the opportunity to edit their work before it is marked.
  • Marking will be done through the use of green and yellow highlighters to identify the child’s successes and next steps in their writing in line with our marking policy.
  • Throughout the unit of work, there will be grammar and punctuation lessons linked to their writing tasks to make these lessons more meaningful and purposeful.
  • In KS1, children will receive daily phonics lessons. Those in KS2 will have spelling lessons twice a week with the children who have not passed their phonics screening, receiving further phonics interventions.
  • In KS2, our spelling combines two schemes, Babcock’s No Nonsense spelling as well as the Literacy Tree’s Spelling Seeds. Together these schemes allow children to learn words which they can apply into their writing immediately. This makes their spellings more purposeful.
  • Children in KS2 will have regular dictation assessments where they will have to spell some words which follow the rules and patterns that they have been learning.





  • We will deliver 3 reading sessions a week through either whole class sessions or through smaller groups.
  • Our aim is to develop fluency and expression, understanding of the text as well as an enjoyment of books.
  • We have two well-stocked libraries which children have access to and are encouraged to use them to borrow books.
  • Each classroom also has their own reading corner with a selection of books which children have access to.
  • Children are heard to read frequently throughout the school.
  • Each class will also listen to a story read to them by their teacher.
  • Those children who are not at their age related expectations will have interventions and be guided through the ‘Fresh Start’ programme to help them reach their targets.

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•    Pupils will leave St Richard’s with an enjoyment of reading for pleasure. 
•    Pupils will have developed their own strategies for spelling unknown words. 
•    Pupils will have built up a stamina for writing at length and have developed methods for self-editing their own work. 
•    With our literacy curriculum being well established throughout the school, children will be confident in writing in a wide range of genres which can be transferred to secondary school. 
•    These writing skills will be used throughout the wider curriculum to show the consolidation of grammar, punctuation and vocabulary in all aspects of writing which can be used later on in life. 
•    We hope that as our children move on from St Richard’s, they will do so with a solid foundation of writing which they can then nurture and develop throughout their further education.


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