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English Curriculum Statement 2020-2021

English is an amazing, varied and exciting subject. Who doesn't like drama, being creative or expressing your opinions? At St Mary's we love teaching and learning in our English lessons every day.

Our aim is to ignite and nurture a passion for reading and a confidence with words - written and spoken - in all our children.

From the beginning of Reception, we use Read Write Inc. Phonics which is a highly successful English programme created by Ruth Miskin. All Reading Teachers at St. Mary's have received training and support from Ruth Miskin Training, rated Outstanding by the Department for Education, to ensure we meet our aim for all children to become confident and enthusiastic readers.

The Read Write Inc. Phonics programme is carefully matched to the curriculum, giving every child at St. Mary's Catholic Primary the best chance of success.


Reception to Year 2 children are taught using Read Write Inc. Phonics as the main EYFS and KS1 early reading programme but it is also taught as an intervention for children in Years 3 and 4.


In addition to this, Read Write Inc. Fresh Start is a phonics programme with more age appropriate resources for older children which we use as and when required in Years 5 and 6.

Read Write Inc. Progression grid

Click on the link to find out more about how you can support your child at home.

Our Approach to Spelling

We use Read Write Inc. Spelling for Years 2-6 to meet the demanding spelling requirements of the National Curriculum and to build on the fantastic start our children make with Read Write Inc. Phonics. Reasons why we use this programme:

  • Puts the complex requirements of the curriculum into snappy 15-minute lessons
  • Makes spelling fun! Aliens from an exciting online spelling planet clearly introduce spelling rules and concepts
  • Read Write Inc. Spelling Online includes an Extra Practice Zone including over 1,000 new activity screens for whole-class practice, focusing on the areas children often find challenging. A class login also enables or children to do the practice activities at home:
  • Provides plenty of  writing practice with a clear record of progress
  • The emphasis is on teaching spelling, not simply testing spelling
  • Although the teaching of phoneme-grapheme correspondence underpins this programme, it also develops children’s knowledge of word families, how suffixes impact upon root words, and provides mnemonics to remember the trickiest spellings.

 Help supporting your child at home with their spelling.

Celebrating writing at St Mary's: each half term children's work is published on our writing wall. 

Creative writing ideas and prompts that you can access at home.

Young writers competitions. The website is checked and updated every month. Click the link and showcase your talents to be in with a chance to win!


Film of the month. An ongoing competition for ages 5 and up.


Read Theory - enhance your reading comprehension skills. Click the link.
National Curriculum Documents
Reading Assessment Criteria
Writing Assessment Criteria