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The staff at Beacon Primary School teach English through a themed approach. This means that a book is used as a central stimulus for writing. Work, which includes narrative stories, newspaper reports, letters, discussions and diary entries, is based on the story being studied. Visual literacy techniques are encouraged within English as it engages all pupils and supports them with their writing. All pupils write every day, allowing them to develop and practise their writing skills. This is made up of lessons where children study the features of a key genre and have opportunity to edit and redraft their writing.


Each year group has a carefully selected selection of high quality books from well-known authors to stimulate pupils. These include Michael Morpurgo, Roald Dahl, C. S. Lewis and many others.


Please click on the link to view our English texts overview


All English lessons are differentiated to ensure all pupils access the learning at their specific level but still giving all children the same curriculum diet.


Daily activities covering SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) are carried out at the start of each English lesson to enhance their understanding of grammar.  These concepts will link to the writing that the children are doing that week so that they get the chance to apply their learning and show their understanding.


Spelling is taught through a new scheme called “Rising Stars Spelling.”  Spelling unit and lessons include a range of activities that include teacher led, pair work and children working independently.  The scheme is designed to be practical for the children before they apply the new skills they have learnt.  Children are then sent home spellings weekly linking to what they have covered and tested the following week.


Handwriting is a real focus for us at Beacon.  Children complete daily handwriting tasks to make sure that their letter formation is correct and that their work is presented neatly.  We are currently following the PenPal scheme of work which will help the children to develop their own handwriting style by the time they leave primary school.


Mrs S Papadopoulos

English/RWI specialist 

Please click on the document below to view the spellings that your child should know by the end of each year group