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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 to engage all pupils and support 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, SPaG features which link to the text type for that week and then have the opportunity to produce their own piece of writing which they then edit and redraft.


Each year group has a carefully selected selection of high quality books from well-known authors to study to try and cater for the needs and interests of all children. 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.


Spellings are taught through a new scheme called “Rising Stars Spelling.”  Each spelling unit and lesson includes 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 'Letter-Join' scheme of work which will help the children to develop a cursive handwriting style by the time they leave primary school.


In Early Years the children learn English, through the Subject Literacy where they develop their reading and Writing skills. Children develop these skills by listening to and discussing stories, through daily RWI sessions, and reading and writing activities linked to the weekly/fortnightly topics. Children also develop their English skills through their play including role play and helicopter stories.


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

Special Educational Needs

Please see the document on how Beacon ensure all children, including those with SEND and additional needs provide a curriculum which is tailored to all children

We love reading!

Reading is at the heart of everything we do at Beacon and we believe in promoting a love of reading.  To help you do this at home, please see below some recommended books to read at home.

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