Welcome to this page containing information about how the English curriculum is delivered at Old Buckenham Primary School.


Reading is always a key focus at Old Buckenham Primary School, it is taught from day one and is at the heart of our curriculum. We want to enable all of our children to not only become skilled and confident readers but to enjoy reading for pleasure.

We use the Letters and Sounds phonics programme to teach early reading.  Phonic skills are essential for the decoding of and spelling of words. The children are taught to discriminate and produce sounds of speech, to develop their knowledge of spelling patterns and how to apply grammar rules during daily, systematic and enjoyable sessions.  It is our aim that by the end of Key Stage 1 the children will have developed fluent word reading skills and have a good foundation in spelling and comprehension.

Comprehension skills are a huge aspect of reading and these skills are developed through one to one reading, whole class story sessions and short sessions planned by class teachers to meet the needs of their classes delivered three times each week. Adults read with all children on a regular basis to help them secure their word reading and comprehension skills. During reading sessions, pupils are given the opportunity to secure the core elements of reading: summarising, vocabulary work, question asking, prediction and question answering.

All children take home reading books. Children here are encouraged to read at home daily and we ask adults to support their child’s learning by recording the reading that they do at home in the individual record each child brings home. We want our children to become proficient readers to enable them to access all areas of the curriculum and so that the children can develop a lifelong passion for reading.

Throughout the year we promote reading widely for example by celebrating World Book Day and by sharing a range of exciting, high quality class reads.


At Old Buckenham Primary School, it is our aim for the children to develop the necessary skills needed in order to communicate effectively in their spoken and written language.  We aim to teach these skills through the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach by providing experiences in speaking and writing opportunities.  These engage and inspire our children to communicate both verbally and in the written form and cover the objectives for each year group from the 2014 National Curriculum, including grammar.

Each half term, each year group focuses on a different fiction and non-fiction genre and a poem in order to create opportunities for cultivating a rich vocabulary and both technical and compositional skills in writing, ensuring that all our children write for a range of different purposes and audiences.

Where appropriate, this aim for our pupils is supported by the links between the English curriculum and the wider curriculum on here.


We follow the spelling rules for each year group as laid out in the 2014 National Curriculum through use of the Twinkl website scheme.  Children in each year group are set spellings weekly on which they are tested in class.  Where individuals require additional support in spelling rules they have already been taught but are not secure with, individual or small group interventions are carried out either in class or with an experienced Teaching Assistant.


Our children are taught handwriting twice weekly through the introduction initially of related letter groups, letter strings, individual words and short texts such as poems. The children are encouraged to write neatly and present their work to a high standard in all curriculum areas. Early attempts at writing are always encouraged and praised. Children that have developed their own consistently neat style of writing are awarded a pen licence for the current academic year in Key Stage 2 classes.

Speaking and Listening

Having good communication skills are an important life skill and enable the children to better access all areas of the curriculum.  Speaking and listening skills are taught and integrated into our English lessons where speaking frames are used, when necessary, to help children formulate appropriate and well-structured verbal responses as well as ‘good’ listening skills being referred to and encouraged within lessons. Drama is used across the curriculum to support and encourage the speaking and listening skills our pupils are taught.

This document lists the progression of reading skills taught throughout the school: Reading progression of skills

Similarly, writing skills are presented here: Writing progression of skills

And speaking and listening skills can be found here: Speaking and Listening progression of skills

Half-termly overviews of the spellings taught in each year group are included here:

Year 1: Year 1 spellings overviews

Year 2: Year 2 spellings overviews

Year 3: Year 3 spellings overviews

Year 4: Year 4 spellings overviews

Year 5: Year 5 spellings overviews

Year 6: Year 6 spellings overviews

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