Vision:   To focus on a holistic, whole school approach to English, where reading for pleasure is at its core and grammar is interwoven throughout. 

Aims:     Children will read, and have read to them, books for pleasure.

              Children to be at least meeting age related expectations at the end of KS2 and to be 'secondary ready'.

Subject Leader: Rachael Mileham 

In accordance with our vision, Tewin Cowper have embedded the new requirements for English, in particular grammar and the new terminology, within our curriculum. 

All pupils receive at least one hour of daily dedicated English teaching time, covering all aspects of the subject. English unites the important skills of reading and writing, and is supported by a rich tapestry of speaking and listening activities throughout. 


Drama, 'Talk for Writing' and 'Grammar for Writing' combined with good oral work enhances pupils’ understanding of language in both oral and written forms and of the way language can be used to communicate. It is also an important part of the process through which pupils read and compose texts.


We place a considerable emphasis on developing reading for pleasure; more high quality reading should mean more high quality writing. We believe that writing is the corner-stone of everyday life. As a result of this, we have high expectations across the curriculum, not purely for English lessons. In accordance with our vision, we aim to develop a love of reading in children, and will therefore give them every opportunity and encouragement to read a wide variety of texts and genre. Furthermore, each class will have a 'class reader' read to them by their teacher each day.

We use a range of core reading schemes which children progress through during their time at Tewin Cowper. Additionally, each child takes part in guided reading sessions and follow-up activities throughout the week. We follow the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme in Early Years and KS1. This follows through into KS2 and forms the groundwork for spelling lessons and activities. 

Grammar, Phonics and Spelling

Throughout the school, children are taught the skills of phonics (KS1 into KS2), reading, writing and spelling. Following the introduction of the new Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) tests, there are regular Grammar, Punctuation and Vocabulary (GPV) practice sessions, as well as dedicated spelling teaching time at KS2. 

We use the No Nonsense Spelling scheme from Year 3 to Year 6 to teach both Common Exception Words spellings and the programme of spelling for each year group. We teach key strategies early on, during dedicated spelling lessons, to help children learn their spellings. These strategies, which include Pyramid Words, Trace - Copy - Replicate and Shape Words.

Grammar is taught in English lessons throughout the school and is further taught and practised in guided reading. It is embedded throughout all areas of the curriculum in order to further familiarise the children with the tricky terminology and concepts. 


We aim to inspire children to become creative, motivated and interesting writers! We further challenge them to aim high and edit their writing to produce their very best effort every time. Writing is developed through a variety of different fiction and non-fiction forms. This includes a range of story genres, letters, diary entries, newspaper articles, report writing, explanations, scientific reports, recounts, emails, blogs and so much more! Again, the skills taught in English are practised in extended Creative Writing sessions and through cross-curricular activities. We have high expectations of children's writing in all subjects and address punctuation, grammar, spelling and handwriting issues throughout. 


We place a high emphasis on presentation and therefore handwriting is practised regularly throughout the school. We use the Teach Handwriting website to support us in this. The continuous cursive joined style is normally taught from the end of year 1 through to year 6. Children work towards a handwriting pen licence in Years 5 and 6, once they have achieved all of the National Curriculum handwriting objectives up to year 6. 

Some children, where necessary, may have additional support in English. All classrooms, resources and teachers aim to engage all children visually, kinesthetically and aurally.

Please find attached a complete guide to the new curriculum for parents which provides the core learning for each year group. In addition, there are several book lists from the Book Trust with some excellent suggestions for reading in the various age groups. Many of these books are award winners. See their website for further information.



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Tewin Cowper C of E Primary School
Cannons Meadow,
01438 717378
01438 718586