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English Curriculum Page



At Kestrels' Field Primary School we use Phonics, Guided Reading and Shared Reading and Writing in our English lessons in the Early Years and Year 1.  We read Big Books that help us to use our Phonics knowledge and then our reading and writing outcomes are based around the Big Book.


From Year 2 onwards we use the Novel Study approach to English teaching and learning. We spend up to a term reading a novel and all of our reading and writing outcomes are based around our novel.  We also use our novel to help to theme our classroom environments.  Guided reading in class continues to develop the children’s reading skills.





Spellings are key part of our writing journey at Kestrels’ Field Primary School. Throughout their time with us, children are explicitly taught how to spell key words and apply various spelling rules.  Weekly spellings are given to children in line with the National Curriculum. In Year 1, the children learn spellings that link to the phonics they are learning in class.


From Year 2 through to Year 6, we use Spellzoo which is a scheme that provides children with a progression of spellings. Each child has their own booklet consisting of a Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check grid, several spelling puzzles and then a weekly spelling test.

We ask that you support your child in learning their spellings in preparation for weekly spelling tests. This helps children become more confident and creative when they are producing writing to share with others.


Please find attached a complete list of all spellings from Y2-6.