Framlingham Sir Robert Hitcham's CEVA Primary School

Framlingham Sir Robert Hitcham's CEVA Primary School and Nursery

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“The value of English in the curriculum? What can I say? Without English, nothing. And without good English, nothing very well.“  Anne Fine, author.

English is a core subject and is at the heart of our curriculum. We aim to develop every child’s ability to communicate effectively in speech and writing and to listen with understanding. We encourage our pupils to be enthusiastic, fluent and responsive readers who can learn and gain pleasure from the written word.

We use ILPs (Imaginative Learning Projects) from the Cornerstones Curriculum. Each project covers a range of reading and writing genres and, where appropriate, links to other areas of the curriculum.

The main reading schemes that we use are Big Cats, Phonics Bug, Oxford Reading Tree and Ginn 360. We teach reading using a variety of strategies, but in the early stages the phonic approach is the method of choice.  We also place emphasis on the importance of understanding and responding to reading and therefore comprehension skills are taught throughout the school.

We feel that the correct use of English grammar, spelling and punctuation, as well as a wide vocabulary, are very important – and we aim to equip our pupils with the tools needed.

We also give pupils many opportunities to use drama as a means of expression, and we take groups to the theatre to view professionally produced performances when appropriate.  Year 6 pupils deliver an annual production in a professional theatre to hundreds of parents.

We encourage parents to take an active role in their child’s development through listening to their reading, talking to them about home learning tasks and helping them to learn their spellings.

Curriculum Overview Statement for English

We follow the DfE English Curriculum and programmes of study.

See our English Posts on the Blog.


 We base the teaching of phonics on a 6 phase programme called 'Letters and Sounds'. It begins at Nursery, where children learn to discriminate between environmental sounds. The programme takes each child through the 44 sounds and corresponding letter patterns – as you can see on this video

  Letters and Sounds

  Phonics Workshop to Parents (slides)

How can I improve my writing?

 In school, we use something called VCOP as an aid:





  Summary all 4 VCOP's

 Other useful resources:

  Grammar terms and meanings

  High Frequency Words   First 100 Words     Next 200 Words 

  Year 2 Practising Spellings at Home

Other useful links:

  DfE Top Tips for Reading

  Read for My School

  BBC Bitesize English

  Suffolk Libraries

  Jolly Phonics

  Letters and Sounds

  Primary Homework Help


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