English at Brightwell


Please see our current Curriculum Jigsaws on the class pages for further details of what the children are learning this term.



Every class teaches an element of writing each day, this may be physically writing, editing or preparing for writing, such as speaking and listening or drama. The stimulus for narrative writing will primarily come from our Storytelling approach.



In Foundation and KS1, phonics is taught daily for a minimum of 20 minutes, this includes a whole class teacher taught interactive start to the session, and then a range of activities to consolidate learning, including, reading, work sorting and an activitiy led by an adult. The school uses Phonics Bug resources.



At Brightwell we teach both guided reading and individual reading, which promotes reading for pleasure. This supports and promotes ambitious and purposeful writing practice.

It is expected that parents / carers hear their child read at least 4 times per week at home and that a record of this is jotted in their reading record.


Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

Teachers in all year groups from 1-6 teach grammar, punctuation and spelling on a daily basis. In addition to discrete teaching, SPAG will also be practised within a writing context so that it can be applied effectively.  

This supports children's reading and writing.