English Curriculum Plan 2015-16

English across our school

Phonics and Reading

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In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, reading books are changed twice weekly. During the course of a week each child will be heard read during Guided Reading, or one to one. Our reading scheme is the Oxford Reading Tree, Floppies Phonics and Project X reading books. We have a range of genres.

In Year 2, we run the Project X Code reading intervention to support children who need additional support with reading. This consists of approximately 12 weeks of four 30 minute sessions with a trained teaching assistant.


As children's reading develops, they are encouraged to become independent readers. They are able to choose a reading book from the class book corner, a library book and a book from the mobile library. To support comprehension and fluency, children will read to a Teacher at least once a week during Guided Reading sessions.  

Writing through Storytelling

Last year we started on our journey to becoming a Storytelling school. To enable us to do this the children learn six stories from different genres throughout the year. The children learn how to retell the stories in the oral tradition, embellishing them as they wish.

There are five stages to storytelling:-

  • The teacher tells the story
  • Mapping the story
  • Stepping out the story
  • Writing the story
  • Innovating the story


Both fiction and non-fiction are taught through this process.


Learning the stories in this way gives the children a bank of ideas on which to draw, enabling them to invent their own stories.  This has impacted on the children’s writing and we have seen improvements throughout the school.

Spelling in Foundation Stage and Year 1

At St Amand’s the children are initially taught to spell through phonics.

Jolly Phonics: - The 44 phonemes in the English language are taught using the Jolly Phonics programme.

In Year 1 blending and segmenting for spelling and reading is taught daily using Letters and Sounds.


Spelling in Year 2 to Year 6

Spelling is taught following the progression in the National Curriculum.

Children are given weekly spelling lists, which they are then tested on.



Grammar is taught in each year group from Foundation Stage upwards. We follow the St Amand’s Progression in Grammar and Punctuation, supported by the Nelson Scheme.

Grammar is taught discretely and also during storytelling.



No Pens Wednesday- 7th October 2015

Children had a fun day learning a range of subjects without writing! Hedgehogs class made Mayan head dresses and did practical fraction work.Squirrels class used puppets to greet each other in french and created fraction walls. Rabbits class designed and made their tractors.