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At St Thomas a Becket Catholic Primary School, we aim to ensure that all pupils develop their spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary skills throughout the teaching of all areas of the curriculum. English is taught as a subject in its own right as well throughout our learning journeys.

In spoken language, we aim to ensure that children can confidently use Standard English and express their ideas and feelings clearly using a range of vocabulary.

In phonics, children develop their knowledge of phonemes (sounds) and graphemes (the written representation). We follow 'Letters and Sounds' where the children work their way through the phases starting at phase 1 in Reception, working their way through to phase 6. We also use the 'Jolly Phonics' actions to consolidate their learning. In KS2, grammar, punctuation and spelling are taught as discreet elements as well as integral parts of writing, reading and spoken English.

In reading, we aim to develop pupil skills across all subject areas. With your support we aim to foster a love of literature to ensure that children read for pleasure. Children will also be taught to read fluently and understand what they have read through a range of activities including hands on and drama experiences. The main reading schemes we use within our guided reading sessions are 'Big Cat' and 'Rigby Star'. We use banded books where the children start on pink books and work their way up to lime books and onto free reading. We encourage the children to read a range of fiction genres and also non-fiction work including newspapers. Time for reading is allocated every day in school and children are encouraged to read daily at home too.

In writing, children will develop the stamina and skills throughout their school life to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation. They will build on their learning in other areas to write in a range of different styles.

Children will have regular English lessons throughout the week as well as phonics sessions which are a key tool in supporting children’s early reading and writing. Throughout their learning children will experience a range of exciting stimuli across all areas of the curriculum to support them in producing ‘amazing’ writing linked to their topics.




As a school we use Rising Stars Assessment tasks on a termly basis to help us track children’s knowledge, understanding and application of English. They are set in line with the Government’s expected standards for each year group.

Below are the spelling lists for Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6,so that you can support your child’s spelling at home.

If you have any questions about these, please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher

Spelling List - Years 1 and 2

Spelling List - Years 3 and 4

Spelling List - Years 5 and 6

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