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At Foston School English is taught daily in both classes. In discrete English lessons we look at a range of genres, these include:

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2


Newspaper Reports

Non-Chronological Reports

Persuasive Letter / Persuasive Presentation

Labels, Lists and Captions



Explanation Texts


Non-Chronological Reports

Information texts

Play Writing

Stories with patterns

Story on a Theme

Same author

Traditional Tales



Fantasy Stories

Fiction from Literary Heritage

Traditional Tales / Fairy Tales

Adventure Story

Comic Strips

Narrative Poetry

Songs, Poems and Rhymes

Poetry – Haiku, Tania and Kennings


We provide children with a range of opportunities to practise their English skills in a range of other curriculum areas. In our recent Ofsted inspection it was acknowledged that, 'Current pupils are making at least the expected progress in English and mathematics and many are making more than the expected progress'.



At Foston School we teach systematic synthetic phonics. We follow 'Letters & Sounds' and include 'Jolly Phonics' actions. Phonics is taught daily in Class 1 and weekly in Class 2. Children learn phases 1 to 6, for more information on the different phase expectations please click on the link below or ask the class teachers.  

Key rings are sent home for children to practise their common exception words, tricky words and sounds. At the end of Year 1 all children complete the 'Phonics Screening Check' that is administered by the class teacher. The children have to read a range of 'real' and 'nonsense words' that test children's ability to recognise sounds and blend words.

PowerPoint on Phonics

Common exception words

Phase mat 2

Phase mat 3

Phase mat 5


Speaking and Listening

We regularly plan a range of speaking and listen activities in all areas of the curriculum. In all lessons children are given opportunities to discuss ideas with 'talk partners', work in groups and share ideas with the class. We encourage good speaking and listening behaviours which we discuss during focussed English sessions. All genres in English begin with speaking, listening and drama activities.


Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG)

SPAG is taught through English lessons and phonics. The children learn about spellings, punctuation and grammar by completing engaging group or paired work, whole class teaching and interactive activities. We make our SPAG activities stimulating and as active as possible!



Reading is taught through phonics and during English lessons. We provide children with a rich environment to help develop confident readers. We regularly complete group reading, shared reading and independent reading activities with children across all curriculum subjects. All children receive home readers that are 'book banded'. When a child can read the 'colour band' fluently and accurately teachers will move children onto the next stage. During guided reading children will read the stage above their home reader. 


Guided Reading

The children complete guided reading weekly during a carousel of activities. Guided reading is lead by the class teachers and the children are in ability groups. We have recently bought new guided reading books which the children are thoroughly enjoying. The Project X books are based on a range of age suitable genres. 



We take great pride in our handwriting and strive for excellence in our children's presentation. Handwriting is taught daily for 10 minutes. When children enter year 2 they are taught the cursive script as children progress into upper key stage 2 handwriting pens are available.


Bug Club

Children are given the opportunity to complete 'Active Learn- Bug Club' once a week during the carousel of activities after lunch time. Active Learn is an online reading scheme coupled with comprehension questions. Class teachers set children suitable books to read. The children answer the questions and a report on accuracy is sent to the teacher. Please find the school code, usernames and passwords for Active Learn in the front of planners. The website address is:


Year Group Expectations

Year group expectations for reading and writing can be found in the front of all books. This help children to take ownership of their learning, they can see the targets they have achieved and are aware of their next steps. Please click on the links below to see the year group expectations for reading and writing:

End of year expectations

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