• Primary child writing


The English curriculum at SMSJ helps our children to develop the key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening which they will need throughout their lives.

All children in KS1 and KS2 have a daily English lesson which is taught in a creative way to help inspire their imaginations and enthusiasm for reading and writing.  Work is appropriately differentiated to match all abilities and we aim to nurture in the children a love of literature and language and the confidence to read and write.

We follow the statutory guidance as outlined in the National Curriculum.  This incorporates the following strands:

  • Spoken Language
  • Reading – word reading and comprehension
  • Writing – Transcription (spelling), composition, handwriting and presentation
  • Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation


Daily discrete phonics lessons are taught from Reception to Year 2 to enable the children to decode words effectively.  We use the  Letters and Sounds programme and the Jolly Phonics Scheme, we also use Phonics Bug books to consolidate phonics skills.  Please click on the links below for further information.

Phonics Leaflet for parents          Actions for each phoneme                  

Jolly Phonics songs                     Articulation of phonemes


All children across the primary school take home books from our staged reading scheme which includes texts from Oxford Reading Tree, with it's well-loved characters,  it's breadth and unrivalled support make this a scheme which we feel really helps us instill a love of reading at SMSJ.  Collins Big Cat are also used to supplement our reading scheme and introduces children to a variety of genres including non-fiction and as they move through the stages, classic fiction is experienced. 

Books are also borrowed from class libraries, which enable the children to experience texts from a variety of different genres. 

Guided reading sessions take place daily in each class with every child being given the opportunity to read with their teacher or LSA at least once a week.  Children are encouraged to apply their phonic and reading skills in these sessions and their comprehension is also tested.

Useful links:

www.oxfordowl.co.uk - Oxford Owl is a free website built to support parents with their child's learning. There are age specific reading and maths tips and activities, e-books and lots of fun ideas to bring children's learning to life. Support and advice is also available on a range of questions including helping your child with phonics, motivating boys and ensuring your child is doing their best in maths.

http://jollylearning.co.uk/parent-teacher-guide - this provides information on the jolly phonics programme and suggests products that may be useful at home.

www.bookstart.co.uk - This website provides information about the national Bookstart scheme and the Bookstart packs that your child will receive as a baby, a toddler and at age three to four. It also gives information about sharing books with your child. You can find out about Bookstart events in your area, which you can attend with your child.

www.phonicsplay.co.uk/parentsmenu.htm - Here you will find lots of information for parents about phonics including: what exactly phonics is, how it is taught in UK schools and suggestions for helping pre-schoolers prepare for learning phonics. You will also find lots of games and ideas to explore with children at home.


Children in Year’s 1 to 6 develop their writing skills in a weekly/fortnightly extended writing session called ‘The Big Write’. 

The method for Big Writing is based on fast, fun and lively teaching of each child’s ‘writing voice’ through talking. Skills are developed through focused teaching of the four key aspects of quality writing – Vocabulary, Connectives/Conjunctions, Openers and Punctuation. (VCOP)

Children in the Foundation Stage experience ‘Big Talk’ which involves lots of oral VCOP activities with a particular emphasis on vocabulary. There are plenty of opportunities for emergent writing for those children who are ready for this.

We use the Power of Reading scheme which has seen our teachers attending high quality training sessions and ensures we have access to a wide range of quality children's literature. The importance of reading for pleasure is paramount and this scheme highlights the significance of illustrations in reading and the use of drama and role play to help children understand and access texts.  This covers all genres of texts including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and picture books.  Children's writing is produced using these texts as a stimulus.

ENGLISH PROGRESSION OF SKILLS AT SMSJ - Click to read this document


ENGLISH CURRICULUM OVERVIEW YEARS 1 - 6 - Click to read this document