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English at St Mary's is taught through an English mastery programme from Y2. This links all aspects of readings and writing to a whole class high quality text. To find out more about this approach, download the presentation attached to this page. 

The children are encouraged and supported to write in cursive from Reception. Support for parents with this can be found in the powerpoint below. 

The specific English programmes of study for each year group can be found under the 'Our Curriculum - Year Groups' tab

Spelling
 
In Reception and Year One, the focus is on phonics and the children use their phonic knowledge to spell words. High frequency words and words that do not fit phonic rules are introduced and practised (red words) in the phonics session and through Look, Cover, Write, Check activities. 

When children have reached a secure stage of phonics (usually at the end of Y1), they move on to our structured spelling programme - Read Write Inc spelling. This is a 15 minute a day programme in which the children complete short, rigorous activities in a work book. They record spellings in their own spelling log book. This programme covers all the word structures and spelling requirements for years 2 to 6.

The children are given opportunities to practise spellings through their writing, handwriting, reading and dictation. Research shows that children who read widely are more able to spell accurately. 

The support of parents is vital for children to make progress with their spelling. Please talk to your children about the spellings they have been learning. Take time to go through the words in their spelling log book. Talk about what the words mean and put them into sentences. 5 minutes a few times a week makes a big difference. 

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.
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