Combe Down Primary School

Combe DownChurch of England Primary School

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Teachers use the National Curriculum for English as a basis for their English planning. We have also recently adopted the 'Talk for Writing' approach for the teaching of writing.

Reading/ Spelling

Each child reads once a week to a teacher, either from an individual reading book or as part of a Guided Reading Activity. Guided Reading begins in term 3 of Year 1 for the more able readers. By the start of Year 2 all children take part in Guided Reading. In Key Stages 1 and 2, children read, or undertake reading-based activities, for 2- 2.5 hrs per week.

In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 the use of phonics to spell phonetically plausible words is emphasised.
For more information about reading and spelling, pleased download the powerpoints from our Reading and Spelling Information Evenings:

Key Stage 1 Reading and Spelling Information Evening - currently being updated
Key Stage 2 Reading and Spelling Information Evening - currently being updated

For guidance on Year Group Planning, please see the following documents:
Year 1 Spelling | Year 2 Spelling | Year 3 Spelling | Year 4 Spelling | Year 5 Spelling | Year 6 Spelling

For helpful tips on how you can support your child in reading, please download this booklet.


Children in Key Stages 1 and 2 receive a minimum of 4 hours of writing-based Literacy per week. This includes discrete teaching, or topic related writing activities. This includes 4 x 15 minute phonics sessions at KS1 and 1 x weekly spelling at KS2.

Key Stage 1 & 2 Writing Information Evening (currently being updated)


Grammar is incorporated into daily English lessons. For more information on the focus for each year group see the appendix in the National Curriculum document below:

National Curriculum for English 2014