A child’s ability to communicate is vital to all aspects of their learning

English as a subject cuts across all areas of the curriculum, but we also plan for english-specific learning every day in school, in line with the expectations of The National Curriculum for English.

The aim is for all Bishopstone children to be confident and enthusiastic speakers, readers and writers.  We provide a broad range of daily activities for children to practice their speaking listening, reading and writing skills. Included in this provision are opportunities for public-speaking and drama activities as well as reading and writing in different styles and for different purposes. 

A home reading scheme is operated from Reception through to Year 6, whereby children bring home books to share with their families each week. Children choose books that have been banded (Oxford Reading Tree) but are supplemented from a variety of additional schemes.  As well as fostering reading, this gives the school and parents a regular way of communicating about their child’s reading. Children in Rec/Yr1/Yr2 should be reading daily, for 20 minutes to an adult – this can be their reading book or other reading matter from home e.g. comic, recipe, online. They will change their books as they complete them. If you wish your child to change their books more often please discuss this with the teacher. At Bishopstone we promote fluency alongside comprehension.  To assist the children with learning to read and write we use 'Letters and Sounds' from Reception.

In KS2 a  ‘Book Guard’ ensures your child has their book to take home daily. They change their own book as they need to, using the Junior Librarian system and have access to a wide range of up-to-date and traditional books in the school library.

Junior Librarian - This allows your child access to the library system from home so that they can write book reviews, look at other books available, look at e-books and has many other features that we are introducing to the children currently.

Curriculum Vision - This is a website that the school has membership with.  It also allows parents to have a login from home allowing you to access books to read online with your child.  Anyone yet to join up it is a great resource, especially when travelling and all we need is your email address that you wish the login to work with.

Handwriting - We have recently adopted the 'Penpals' Scheme of handwriting throughout the school.  For more information please go to the webstie - click here and read the school policy.

Parent information document detailing Penpals - click here

Teaching groups

Children are split into four classes for English lessons in the morning:

  • Reception and Year 1 - Miss Pearson
  • Year 2/3/4 - Miss Lindsay
  • Year 4/5/6 - Mrs Morris  

From the DfE - spelling overview from Reception through to Year 6, including spelling lists, click here:

"This appendix provides examples of words embodying each pattern which is taught. Many of the words listed as ‘example words’ for years 1 and 2, including almost all those listed as ‘exception words’, are used frequently in pupils’ writing, and therefore it is worth pupils learning the correct spelling. The ‘exception words’ contain GPCs which have not yet been taught as widely applicable, but this may be because they are applicable in very few age- appropriate words rather than because they are rare in English words in general.

The word-lists for years 3 and 4 and years 5 and 6 are statutory. The lists are a mixture of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those which they often misspell." 

Reading is fun and an adventure . . follow this link to find booklists for children . . . .

Junior Help With Grammar Homework Sites:

We have created our own websites for book reviewing. Please click on the links below, or if you would rather jump to one of our Junior websites at random use this QR code generator: 


A year 5/6 visit to Ridgeway Secondary Nov17 to meet the famous authors - The Two Steves

Education is more than filling a child with facts. It starts with posing questions. - D.T. Max