Abbotskerswell Primary School


Our English Lead is Mrs Ann Williams.


At Abbotskerswell Primary School, we currently use a text-based approach to English, which means that children learn about lots of different grammar, spelling and types of writing through interesting and exciting books, which could be fiction or non-fiction. For example, in Year 1 and 2 we read Oliver Jeffers book 'Stuck' where the children work towards writing their own version of the story. Where possible we also link our English texts to our wider curriculum. For example, in Year 3 and 4 the children read 'Wallace and Gromit's Cracking Contraption' whilst studying Inventions across other curriculum subjects.

We follow the 'No Nonsense' schemes of learning for both spelling and grammar.


We use a range of different reading schemes at our school. This is to provide variety and interest for the children and to help develop a love of reading. The schemes which are used for our individual readers and guided reading books, include Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star, Collins Big Cat, Ginn and PM Library.

Children bring home reading books on a regular basis and we do expect that every child no matter of age or ability reads at home regular. Class teachers will provide further information on reading at home. We also have a number of phonics-based reading books to support the application of phonics in Phases 2 – 4. Our phonics-based schemes include Songbirds, Usborne Phonic Readers and Collins Big Cat Phonics. The Dandelion Readers scheme is also used to support children who need extra support with decoding words.

We are very lucky to have our newly refurbished school library which is an amazing space to inspire children to engage in reading. All children have the opportunity to visit the library on a weekly basis to borrow books that they are interested in.


We follow the 'Letters & Sounds' phonics scheme in Reception & Year 1. Year 2 also use the scheme for revision as part of their spelling lessons. This scheme can be downloaded from our 'Useful Documents' on this page, as can our phase 1 and 2 parent packs.


We pride ourselves on presentation and handwriting across the curriculum. In the Autumn term of Reception children practice fine and gross motor skills in preparation for handwriting. When children are ready for handwriting they then learn letter formation, a copy of our letter formation expectations can be downloaded our 'Useful Documents'. In Year 1 children are then introduced to joining their handwriting. By the end of Year 2 children will have learnt all of the joins and are expected to join their handwriting correctly from then on. Children have the opportunity to earn an handwriting pen once they show their ability to join all of their writing correctly.

Useful Documents



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