Our English curriculum is designed around the work of Jane Considine.



Our writing  is based on two guiding principles; teaching sequences that focus on experience days and sentence stacking lessons. With modelling at the heart of them, the sentence stacking lessons are broken into bite-sized chunks and taught under a structured framework. Teachers prepare children for writing by modelling ideas, grammar or techniques of writing. 

The key aspects of our writing are to build pupils’ confidence with sentence structure. 

Widens the repertoire of writing options for pupils. 

Pupils gain an understanding of the ‘whole’ piece that they are writing. 

Organisation of their ideas and cohesion between them is strengthened. 

Reading is a major part of children’s education and we put a huge emphasis on this at Reedness. Our reading curriculum compromises of:

Book Talk – a whole class comprehension and a targeted  group approach, ensuring all individuals are accountable 

The Reading Rainbow – a fully comprehensive approach that targets reading competencies, covers the National Curriculum and develops understanding

Demonstration Reading – the art of modelling the internal thinking of a reader. This is to demonstrate how a reader thinks during the process of ‘reading for meaning’

Demonstration Comprehension – clear, out loud thinking by the teacher whilst modelling answers to questions and showcasing ‘thesaurus thinking’ to ensure the most precise words are used.



Our spelling curriculum is an integrated system that links spelling lessons that teach children about spelling patterns and short, sharp activities that look at techniques to remember and memorise spellings.

All of the concepts, activities and tasks within the books have been designed to increase ‘stickability’ and retention of vocabulary. The system is built on strong phonic foundations and includes a range of deep exploratory investigations, alongside short-burst ‘chunked’ revision activities.

At Reedness Primary School we use Jolly Phonics and grammar as our preferred way of delivering high quality teaching of synthetic phonics. During the Foundation stage and Key Stage 1 phonics will be taught using this rigorous and systematic approach.

Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve.


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