The Beacon English curriculum is built around our Inspire Curriculum, enriched to reflect our children and our local community.The overarching aim for English is to promote the high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment, drawing upon the wider curriculum. This, in turn, helps build a rich curriculum where intent and implementation leads to the impact and improved outcomes for children.

As part of the English curriculum, children develop their skills in Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing, which also includes spelling and handwriting. English is taught explicitly through daily lessons and is built upon throughout the wider curriculum. In addition, we have 30-minute daily reading sessions which focus on teaching the key reading skills linked to the content domain areas.

At The Beacon, we work hard to make sure that children have a love of books and literature and we're very proud that so many of our children enjoy reading. Each class, from Reception to Year 6, will study a different class text each half-term and this is supported by the Read to Write English programme. They are used throughout our English lessons and, where possible, link to other curriculum areas.

Read to Write (Literacy Counts) provides high-quality teaching of writing through high-quality literature. From Reception to Year 6, these detailed units of work centre on engaging, vocabulary-rich texts, with a wealth of writing opportunities within and across the curriculum. They also provide clear, sequential episodes of learning; contextualised spelling, grammar and punctuation; wider reading for the wider curriculum; curriculum enrichments for all year groups; model texts linked to writing outcomes and a wealth of supporting resources. Our current class texts are:

Year 1 -Hermelin The Detective Mouse by Mini Grey

Year 2 - The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis

Year 3 - Return by Aaron Becker

Year 4 – Arthur and The Golden Rope by Joe Stanton

Year 5 - Where Once we Stood by Christopher riley and Martin Impey

Year 6 - Skelling by David Almond

The Beacon Reading Spine

The Beacon Reading Spine is a core of books that create a living library inside a child’s mind. It is a store of classics and essential reads that help children engage at a deeper level and enter the world of the story. Great strories build our language because around 75% of vocabulary comes from reading. Our common bank of stories aim to inspire and enthuse children to develop their imagination and equip them with language.

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Home Reading Books

Children from Year 2 to Year 6 read books linked to the Accelerated Reader programme as their home reader. Each book has been carefully selected for individual understanding of reading comprehension. This is based on an initial reading assessment  that children complete at the beginning of each term, via the Accelerated Reader website (Star Reading assessment). The children also complete quizzes after each book to check their understanding and fluency. 

Children in Reception and Year 1 take home as their home reading books, a phonics book linked to their reading level and sound knowledge. These books are changed weekly. 

Children in Nursery take home a reading book from their class reading area to enjoy sharing with adults at home. 

Reading Rainbow Reward Scheme

In order to motivate children to read at home, we have a 'Reading Rainbow' reward scheme. Every 4 weeks of reading 5 nights out of 7, children earn a different colour and move through the colours of their ‘Reading Rainbow’. Children who have completed their rainbow achieve our Silver, Gold and Platinum rewards, receiving prizes such as personalised bookmarks and book tokens. 

Reading and Phonics

We believe that high quality teaching of phonics is the key to developing independent readers and this is given the highest priority. We want ‘every child to be a fluent and confident reader’ and we implement a rigorous and sequential approach to developing speaking and listening and teaching reading, writing and spelling through phonics. 

Reading in EYFS and KS1 is taught using the Read Write Inc. Phonics developed by Ruth Miskin. During the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children develop their phonic knowledge and skills and apply these in both reading and writing. The Phonics programme teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. Children learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step by step.

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We follow the Babcock LPD Primary ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ spelling programme. In conjunction with this document, we use the Spelling BAM resources to support the relevant spelling rules for each year group.

Children take home spellings which apply to the spelling rule they have been learning in school. There are fortnightly tests to assess the progress that children are making towards these spellings. It is the teacher’s judgement on how long a class spends on a spelling rule and how many spellings they take home to learn.

English Websites for children and parents

BBC English for Key Stage 1 

BBC English for Key Stage 2 

Reading Eggs 

Online Dictionary 

Click here to find a book using Accelerated Reader Book Finder 


Word Grammar 

Basic Grammar with 6 Minute Grammar

KS1 English 

KS2 English 

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