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English at Swinefleet

The English Curriculum is delivered using the National Curriculum 2014 and the Early learning Goals are followed to ensure continuity and progression from the Foundation Stage through to the National Curriculum. Children are encouraged to write and read beyond the literacy session, teachers provide as many opportunities for this through themed topic work. 


At Swinefleet, we strive to create a text-rich environment for all of our children which appeals to their interests. All children will be provided with the opportunity to read to an adult in school at least once a week. Children will also hear a class book read to them where possible by the class teacher. Our pupils are encouraged to read books from home as well as different text types; fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics and magazines.As a school we also promote the use of ‘On Screen’ texts to support reading, too, in whole class sessions as well as independent tasks, across the whole curriculum.

All children are encouraged to regularly borrow books which are their colour banded level or free readers. In FS and KS1 books are banded by phonics phase. Within school we have many reading scheme books including : Oxford Reading Tree, Songbirds and Big Cat, Usborne Readers and Phonics Bug. 

Guided Reading takes place daily throughout the whole school.


Within EYFS spelling is taught through phonics, children are given five spellings which they are tested on the following week. These spellings are a range of high frequency words and phase appropriate words related to their phonics group. These will be sent appropriate. 

Within KS1 spelling is taught through phonics and specific spelling sessions dependent on the child. In KS1 children are given a set of 10 spellings which they are tested on the following week. These spellings link directly to the phonics sounds they have been studying that week or the objective they have covered. 

Within KS2 spelling is taught using Shakespeare Spelling and More. Children are given a spelling input based on a spelling objective. The children are then given a set of 20 spellings linked to this objective which they are tested on fortnightly basis. Children in KS2 will have 6 spelling lists per term and will repeat the objective and list each term. By revising the list and objective in summer term the objective and spellings should be embedded in the learners mind

Writing (including SPAG)

Teachers at Swinefleet teach writing using the 'Writing Cycle.'

Gather- Here the children have a chance to immerse themselves in the text type. They will look at different examples (good and bad), create checklists, and acquire a deeper understanding of the text type.

Skills- Skills are dependent on the text type. This part of the cycle allows for specific grammar and punctuation sessions. At Swinefleet, grammar and punctuation are taught through skill sessions which are engaging, hands on and ambitious. These skill sessions are a vital part of the writing process, giving the children the skills to be confident writers.                                                       

Apply- The apply part of cycle can be demonstrated in many ways. Children will be given opportunities for: shared writing, modelled writing, up-levelling, independent writing as examples.


At Swinefleet, we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their English. RWI is a method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.

Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.

Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

When using RWI to read the children will:

  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • learn to read words using Fred Talk
  • read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.

When using RWI to write the children will:

  • learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
  • learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
  • write simple sentences

In the summer term of Year 1 children will undertake the National Phonics Screening Check. In this test your child's blending ability is testing. Children are given a set of 40 words; a mixture of alien and non alien to read.  

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