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English Curriculum


Phonics and Spelling
In EYFS and KS1 all children receive a daily discrete phonics and spelling lessons. We use Read, Write Inc (RWI) materials to support the teaching of phonics, ensuring that we adapt our sessions to meet the needs of all children in class. In Years 1 & 2, spelling words are sent home to practise each week.

In KS2, children follow the National Curriculum expectations for spelling through daily spelling activities linked to the Read Write Inc Spelling Scheme. These include dictation exercises, investigations of spelling patterns, focused spelling activities within guided reading provision and weekly spelling lists sent home for important consolidation.

Children have access at school and at home to Spellodrome.  Designed by educators, Spellodrome encourages the development of critical spelling awareness - Visual, Phonological, Morphemic and Etymological.


At Woodstock Primary School we encourage all children to develop a passion for reading. A wide range of stories and genres is read frequently in class to inspire a lifeā€long enthusiasm for books and all that they offer children and adults alike. From Reception onwards, children enjoy regular guided reading sessions using high quality texts that engage the listener, develop a breadth of vocabulary and support ideas for writing.  We ensure that children are continually being encouraged to read for pleasure through events such as visiting the local library, author visits, celebrating World Book Day and enjoying bedtime stories.

To develop children’s reading skills in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 we use popular and well established reading scheme books, which provide the children with reading material that is pitched at exactly the right level. ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ is used as the ‘core resource’, which is supplemented with books from other schemes, for example Tree Tops and Project X, in order to provide an extensive library of books at every stage, to ensure children have a broad and rich reading experience.

All children are equipped with the skills (grammar) to communicate effectively as well as developing
a positive attitude towards the writing process. The children learn the ‘skills’ needed for the
different genres and teachers engage the children through topic links, film, drama, Talk for Writing strategies and exciting ‘Curriculum Theme’ days. The children are continuously being encouraged to plan, draft and edit their work.

From Reception, children are introduced to a joined style of handwriting as soon as the child is able to correctly form letters, with the expectation that during Key Stage 1 most will be able to write neatly and fluently. During Key Stage 2 the children will be working towards earning their ‘Pen License’.


Speaking and Listening
We support our children in developing the skills necessary to read, write and speak fluently to
communicate their ideas and emotions. Through our exciting and engaging curriculum, we actively
encourage our children to communicate their thoughts and ideas. Children are given the opportunity to reflect on both their learning and feelings.