English at Cranborne


At Cranborne, we strive to instil a love of reading. Books build the foundations of our English curriculum as each year group uses high quality texts to plan their writing. 

In addition to this, children have separate whole class reading sessions where they focus on one small extract at a time. 

Children at Cranborne can also practice their reading individually using our library and Accelerated Reader resource. This is an app that qiuzzes children on their own reading book using multiple choice questions. 

Children in Reception and Year One follow the Read Write Inc phonic scheme and look at one reading book per week.

How can you support your child?

Listen to your child read aloud at home, encouraging them to read with expression and take note of punctuation.

Pick out interesting or unfamilar vocabulary and discuss meaning. You could also look at other words that mean similar things (these are called synonyms).

Encourage children to read non-fiction texts (newspapers, magazines etc) as well as fiction texts.

Ask them to summarise what they have read.

Ask your child for their opinion on a particular event/character/situation that has happened in the text.


If children are finding it tricky to read a work encourage them to use sound it out using a range of strategies; using their phonics, breaking it in to syllables and looking at the root word.


"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr Seuss. 


It is important that spelling is more than just a test. We believe it is important for children to use and apply their spelling words in order for them to be learnt successfully. 

In class, children are taught a spelling rule e.g. adding 'ful' suffix or 'im' prefix. This ensures children understand how and why root words change.

In addition to this, children learn year group specific statutory spelling words. These are compulsory words from the National Curriculum, that must be learnt by the end of primary school. These words often do not follow a pattern or rule and can be difficult to remember. Therefore, words are chosen from year group spelling lists that link with the children's core text. They are then encouraged to learn these at home and apply them in their writing throughout the sequence.

Writing and Grammar:

Writing and grammar is taught through a sequence of three phases that aim to motivate our children. The teaching sequence for writing gives our children the opportunity to explore wonderful texts, both ficition and non-fiction, which they use as inspiration for their own writing.

Phase one - Children are introduced to a core text that they enjoy and work together to understand as a class. The children dive into the book through engaging activities such as drama, role-play, debates which hook them from the start. They work together to comprehend and infer information from the text while unpicking new vocabulary.

Phase two - Using their core text as a stimulus, children practice grammar that they will use in their own writing. For example. when building up to writing a newspaper reports children will learn the importance of formal language, alternative verbs and parenthesis and practice these. 

Phase three - In this final phase, children draw on the skills and techniques they have learned in phase two to write their own amazing work.

English News!
What's been going on?


On Wednesday 25th September 2019, we were lucky enough to have the one and only MC Grammar visit our school. From Early Years to Year 6, we had the best time in an exciting assembly that bought grammar and reading to life. It was such a wonderful opportunity and we loved rapping grammar songs, competing in rap battles (even the teachers!) and listening to stories as raps with MC Grammar. We are so excited to continue learning grammar like this. 

Thank you so much Mrs Christoforou and MC Grammar for such a brilliant day; we won't forget it!