As a school we follow the 2014 National Curriculum and cover the subjects and topics as outlined in the statutory guidance.
Ms G Mitchell has curriculum responsibility for English and she may be contacted for further information.
Please contact the school office if you require more details.
Click on the link below for the English Policy



Click on the link for the statutory programmes of study for each year group.

Vocabulary, Punctuation and Grammar

To help you with understanding the specific English grammar terms that your child will come to know, we have included the National Curriculum guidance.

English Glossary - Explanation of Terminology


Good handwriting is taught and encouraged throughout Elston Hall Primary School. Children derive great pleasure from producing work which is neat and correctly presented.

The Nelson Handwriting Programme is used throughout the school. Click on the link below for our Handwriting guide.



We use a variety of reading schemes at Elston Hall Primary School. A reading scheme is a structured and levelled set of books written specifically to ensure that your child can take steady and progressive steps towards reading success.  At Elston Hall we are also mindful of the need to support wider reading and reading for pleasure. Therefore we dedicate time within the timetable for regular guided reading sessions. In addition, we encourage children to read at home frequently, and provide a diary for home/school communication.

Early reading begins with Oxford Reading Tree (ORT) characters and early picture books and Jelly Bean phonics books as well as ORT phonics books. Pupils take home sounds books. Pupils begin guided reading in Reception when appropriate. All pupils take home two books each time to develop wider reading skills. Once pupils begin ORT reading books, they are expected to answer the questions inside the books with family support. For guided reading in KS1, children follow the Story Sparks and In Fact Guided Reading books  and move onto All Star readers (for HA Y2 readers). KS1 pupils who reach 2S in reading, may also then move to the KS2 books which are colour banded but which come from a variety of publishers and schemes. Pupils are then expected to complete a journal about their books after reading them. Details of the expectations of these journals are glued into the front of the pupil books as guidance for pupils and their families. These journal activities also help to develop a wide range of reading skills. Whole Class Reading sessions are designed to enable pupils to practise written comprehension skills.
We have a school library and a Book Fair is held every term. Parents are invited to join their children to browse the books on offer and help make choices. In the Spring Term we celebrate World Book Day.

Journal Activities

Click on the Boxes Below


March 2020 World Book Day

As part of our World Book Day celebrations, our older children have been exploring the art of reading aloud with intonation and expression. To give their skills a test, they were excited to pair up with younger children for the afternoon, to read them stories from the school library. The children all enjoyed the session, and it was lovely to see our children sharing special moments together and a mutual love of great books and stories. 


A super assembly led by... well it looks like Mr Twit!

Super costumes everyone!





KS2 Question Starters

 KS2 Recommended Reading List

Click on the link below for a year 6 extract with examples of different question types

Year 6 Extract and Questions

Phonics and Spelling

Here is a simple guide to the phonics and spelling programme at Elston Hall Primary School.  CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE for the phonics programme.

CLICK HERE for key vocabulary related to phonics teaching.

CLICK HERE for details of phonics teaching in reception.

In Key Stage 2, your child will be expected to spell the following words. They will become familiar with them over the course of their time in Years 3 to 6 and may bring them home to rehearse and learn at home.

Spellings Year 1-6

Complex Speed Sounds Chart

Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Words

Click on the link for strategies to help your child learn their spellings.


October 2019

Reception children were very lucky to have some of their parents join them during their Phonics Learning. Parents were able to gain an understanding of how we teach Phonics and how to support their children at home. Parents were able to gain an insight into learning in the classroom by seeing their children during a Phonics lesson and join in with some fun Phonics activities! We really appreciate parents and carers for taking time out of their morning to share in our learning.

If parents would like more information regarding Phonics or some fun online Phonics activities please visit these websites:
CLICK HERE     for Oxford Owl
    for Letters and Sounds
    for Phonics Play


Modern Foreign Languages

In key Stage 1 French is taught on a 'drip feed' basis, as and when appropriate. In KS2 MFL is taught as an integral part of the timetable. 
 MFL Policy

Ms G Mitchell has curriculum responsibility for MFL and she may be contacted for further information.