We deliver our English curriculum through a Book Rich curriculum in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and a Novel Led curriculum in Key Stage 2.

This approach enables all children to experience a wide and varied range of quality books throughout their time with us.

Literacy at Knighton Mead is an exciting journey of learning. Throughout this journey children are given the opportunity to access a whole host of different stories and types of writing from all over the world.

Our approach to the teaching of literacy is underpinned by an engaging Talk4writing curriculum which allows children of all abilities to develop the skills to become confident speakers and then transfer these skills into becoming confident writers over time.

As they develop, children are encouraged to see writing as a powerful means of self – expression, a creative form of communication and to write for a range of purposes. Pupils in time develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

We explore different types of writing, such as; narratives, explanations, persuasion, descriptions, comparisons, summaries and evaluations. We aim to make writing fun, purposeful and stimulating for our children. We teach our children different ways of structuring sentences through Alan Peat’s Sentence Types, to help them to make their writing engaging and interesting.

Outside of English lessons, we also deliver discreet phonics, handwriting, spelling and reading sessions.

Phonics Scheme

We use a scheme called Read Write Inc to deliver our phonics teaching. It uses picture cards and letter (grapheme) cards, with rhymes and mnemonics to help children to remember the sounds (phonemes).

Here is a useful link for parents, explaining why we teach phonics:

To help with saying the ‘pure sounds’ in our phonics scheme please follow this link:

See our:

Set 1 Sound Mat
Set 2 and 3 sound mat
Phonics sounds set 1 2 and 3 (mnemonics and rhymes)
Complex Speed sound Chart


We use a cursive (joined) style which starts each letter on the line. We teach children to write the letters by saying ‘line-up’ at the start of every letter. Developing a cursive script helps children with spelling as it teaches combinations of letters which link together. See our script chart below to see an example of the cursive style we use:

Cursive Script Chart.


We encourage our children to read regularly at home. We ask families to support us by reading 5 times a week at home and ask this is recorded in the children’s reading diaries, along with a comment. Regular reading is rewarded with House Points, helping the children to earn their reward badges.

Reading is a crucial part of learning across the curriculum. If you have any queries about how to help your child with their reading please come along to our Reading Café in the school Library on Mondays 3.30 – 4.00p.m.

To develop the children’s decoding and comprehension skills we have adopted Reading Mantras across the school. These are sayings which we chant at the start of every reading session, giving children the strategies they may need to help them if they are stuck reading a word or understanding the text. By using these mantras at home you will be supporting your child’s self-help skills.

Knighton Mead Reading Mantras

EYFS & Year 1

In the EYFS and KS 1, teachers teach the skills of reading through Shared Reading Sessions. In these sessions the teachers model how to be a reader and how to use the mantras to help with the mechanics of reading. These sessions include a lot of talk for understanding, whilst developing the 4 key skills of predicting, clarifying, questioning and summarising. Shared reading takes place 3 times a week in the EYFS and twice a week in KS1.

Year 2 & KS2

Reciprocal Reading Sessions take place in Year 2 and in KS2. These sessions focus largely on the development of understanding/comprehension. These sessions take place daily in KS 2. Please see the Activity Grid below:

Reciprocal Reading Activity Grid

High Frequency words

Helping your child to learn these words is very important. Once they know the first 100 words by sight they will progress rapidly with their reading.

Please see our high frequency words below:

100 High Frequency words
Next 200 High Frequency Words

Book Rich Curriculum

In KS 1 we deliver our English curriculum through studying books and linking them to writing outcomes. See our Book Rich Curriculum below:

Year 1
Year 2


Teachers have high expectations of children’s writing. We use Every time writing posters in our classrooms to set a clear example of our expectations. Writing is planned carefully to ensure it is purposeful and stimulating. Each class in KS 1 and Ks 2 has a Creative Writing Session every week, where they have the opportunity to put their learning into practice in an extended piece.

English as an Additional Language

We value and celebrate children who have English as an additional language in our school. We ensure a comprehensive induction is in place, to support the child’s transition into school. Where possible we arrange for translators to be available at this important time.

Teachers use a range of strategies to support children with EAL in the classroom. To support children who are new to English, we encourage children and parents to use picture/word mats for basic language.

Extra Resources

The following documents are available from the office. If you would like a copy, then please visit the office, and ask for them:

  • Classroom Objects Word Mat
  • Visual Timetable for Home
  • Visual Timetable for School

Subject Policies/Plans

English Policy

Subject Leader/s

Mr Owens