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English at Gledhow

Our English Curriculum is taught in specific English lessons and through written work in other subjects across the curriculum. English lessons at Gledhow help our pupils to develop skills in reading and writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar, speaking and listening, phonics and handwriting. The importance of being literate cannot be understated and we pride ourselves in developing these core skills within a broad curriculum. We expect children to write to the same standard in the foundation subjects as they do in English. At Gledhow, We endeavour to interest the children in their learning with a cross-curricular approach to writing. To do this, we base our whole class text on their current Geography/History topic, which extends their learning opportunities beyond that particular subject area. 

For example: 

'The Firework-Maker's Daughter' by Phillip Pullman - Who was Guy Fawkes anyway? (Year 3)

'Invasion' by June Crebbin - Were the Anglo Saxons smashing? (Year 4)

'How To Train Your Dragon' by Cressida Cowell - What was so grim about the Vikings? (Year 5) 


In addition to this, children in EYFS and KS1 also have specific programmes of work in Phonics and throughout the school.  

KS1 Reading

Children in Reception classes, Year 1 and Year 2 also have important daily phonics lessons which give children the stepping stones to break down unknown words into readable chunks. Phonics is not the only reading method, but is a very useful tool for children trying to make sense of texts that they do not understand. The core reading scheme at Gledhow is Oxford Reading Tree, supplemented by Bug Club and Big Cat Books. The core phonic schemes used are 'Jolly Phonics', 'Floppy Phonics' and 'Letters and Sounds'.


KS2 Reading 

Reading comprehension in KS2 is taught during whole-class guided reading. Children have the opportunity to share their opinions of the text as a class. They then answer comprehension questions based on their class text using 'Reading VIPERS'. 

VIPERS is a range of reading prompts based on the 2016 reading content domains found in the National Curriculum Test Framework documents which can be found online here: 


V - Vocabulary 

I - Inference 

P - Predict

E - Explain 

R - Retrieve 

S - Summarise


At Gledhow, we follow the Debble Hepplewhite handwriting scheme and use cursive writing across school. The children's handwriting has rapidly improved since the introduction of this style of handwriting. When the children are consistantly joining letters, leaving approprate finger spaces and taking care with their presentation they will earn a 'License to Quill' to write in pen! 

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

Speaking and Listening

Narrative Texts

In studying narrative texts, children learn the structures of the different story styles that they encounter. They learn how to set the scene for each and how plot developments can be used to engage the reader before a conclusion is planned to bring the narrative to an engaging end.

Throughout school, children learn the 'rhythm' of different story styles and are taught to 'magpie' words, phrases and ideas that they like so that they can re-use them at a later point.

Children also study the grammatical structures used by writers and are helped to identify those that they should be aiming to include in their own work.


Poetry comes in many forms. Our curriculum teaches the children to recognise these different forms, and the effects that poets try to produce in the reader by using a range of different styles of poetry.

Also, our children learn how to read poetry and to write in similar styles to known poets when expressing themselves individually.

At Gledhow, we are able to use the genre of poetry to develop an understanding of many grammatical tools, which children then use across all of their writing as well as in poetry.


Non Fiction Texts

It is important that our children can access information texts throughout their curriculum work, so that research is not purely done on the internet. 

In studying non-fiction texts, children learn about the features to include in non fiction writing and how to use this knowledge when writing, reading or researching.

Children learn how the style of writing in non fiction texts varies; they read many such books in their studies in order to extend their understanding of a wide variety of themes and concepts.


Writing Skills

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