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 sequences.

In addition to this, children have separate whole class reading sessions three times a week. In these sessions, a class will focus on one text/extract at a time using interactive software to model effective strategies and practise answering questions and finding vocabulary effectively.

Children at Cranborne can also practise their reading individually using our library and Accelerated Reader resource. This is an app that quizzes 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 (see our 'Phonics' page in Curriculum for more information).

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 unfamiliar 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 your child 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, looking at the root word or reading it in context. 


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

Writing and Grammar:

Writing and grammar is taught through a sequence of three phases that aim to motivate our children to write to the best of their ability. The teaching sequence for writing gives our children the opportunity to explore wonderful texts, both fiction 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.


In addition to the grammar taught throughout our writing sequences, children have one separate SPAG session each week. The focus here is on spelling rules and year group specific grammar.  



We believe spelling is more than just a test; 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 for instance.

Additionally, children learn year group specific statutory spelling words. These are statutory words from the National Curriculum, that must be learnt by the end of Year 6. These words often do not follow a particular pattern or rule; therefore, they
 can be difficult to remember. In order to help the children use and remember these words long term, spellings sent home to learn are linked with core texts studied in Phase one of the teaching sequence for writing. This means the children better understand unfamiliar words and can apply them appropriately and effectively in their writing.

Year 1/2 common exception words

Year 3/4 statutory word list

Year 5/6 statutory word list

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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!