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An excellent grasp of basic English skills is  fundamental to give you access to all opportunities in life. At St Stephen's, we aim to give children independent reading, writing and communication skills to equip them for their futures.


Writing Long Term Plans

We follow the 'Talk for Writing' teaching approach. This is a fun and interactive way to teach writing that immerses the children in language and a variety of text types.

Talk for Writing enables children to imitate the key language they need for a particular text-type orally, before they try reading and analysing it. Through fun activities that help them rehearse the tune of the language they need, followed by a shared writing experience to show them how to craft their writing, children are taught how to write in the same style.

For more information see the website by clicking here: Talk for Writing

These are the planning over views we use at St. Stephen's which make sure that the correct grammatical knowledge is taught alongside the different writing purposes.

Year 3/4:

Year 5/6:

Puncuation and Grammar

Punctuation and grammar are the tools writers use to communicate meaning and aid the reader. At St Stephen's, we have embedded punctuation and grammar into our everyday teaching of English as well as having stand alone lessons when required.

For a 'jargon buster' of all the grammatical terms that are now being taught to your children, please use the excellent and informative document below.

English Glossary


Spelling correctly is an essential skill to become a good communicator. Children are taught through phonics in the younger years and progress to learning about spelling rules and patterns as they progress through the school.

We have invested in the Nelson spelling scheme which uses a variety of activities to embed spelling rules, enabling children to spell correctly in their written work.  Please encourage your children by exposing them to new words and helping them practise their spelling patterns.

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