Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Education Policy

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How Do You Organise the English Curriculum at St Paul’s?

We use the National Curriculum objectives as a basis for our English curriculum.  These are delivered through a carefully planned curriculum which exposes pupils to a wide range of genres throughout their time in primary school.  Our curriculum is based on the high quality texts from a range of authors, genres and styles and is reviewed annually. Please visit your child’s class page to see their English curriculum map for the year.


Supporting this are the National Curriculum objectives for vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to ensure progression of knowledge throughout the year groups.

Please have a look at this document which shows progression from Year 1 to Year 6.

Grammar Progression Y1-6

How Do You Teach Phonics?

We teach phonics following the six phases in Letters and Sounds.    


Phonic Knowledge and Skills

Phase One (Nursery/Reception) Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.
Phase Two (Reception) up to 6 weeks Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.
Phase Three (Reception) up to 12 weeks The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the “simple code”, i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.
Phase Four (Reception) 4 to 6 weeks No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.
Phase Five (Throughout Year 1) Now we move on to the “complex code”. Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.
Phase Six (Throughout Year 2 and beyond) Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.

To support the learning of phonemes (letter sounds e.g. ch) we use the Read, Write Inc patter.

What Are Your Expectations of Handwriting?

Being able to write legibly and fluently is a key objective for our pupils.  Like reading, making the process of writing as automatic as possible allows our pupils to be able to express themselves more easily through written word. Please see our hand writing policy (top, left) for more information.

How Can I Help My Child at Home?

Share a passion and love of reading with your child! Please read with them every day. In addition, children from Y1-6 have weekly spellings and English homework. Children in Reception need to learn their ‘tricky words’ (words which are not decodable using phonics alone e.g. are). Please see our homework policy (top, left) for more information.