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English Curriculum


Our English lessons are comprised of cross-curricular text based units. We aim for our English lessons to feed into other areas of learning as we believe children learn best through applying their knowledge across different learning areas.

Our text based units allow us to explore both fiction and non-fiction and we cover different components and genres from the one text. We also have specific Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) lessons where children are explicitly taught writing requirements from the National Curriculum.

Children know specifically where and how they can improve their writing through our marking criteria and one to one verbal feedback with a teacher or LSP. 


Big Write

Big Write occurs at the end of a unit of English learning (not always the end of a text based unit). It is a chance for children to showcase their knowledge and writing skills. It is completed independently. Big Write books start in Reception (where child-initiated writing is also included to showcase independent writing and progress) and continue with the children up through to Year 1. Each year children take their Big Write books with them from the following year. 



A 60 word spelling list is sent home every half term. It is comprised of phonetical words, high frequency words, tricky words and contextual learning words. 


Guided Reading

Children are grouped according to their reading needs and working as a small group they complete one guided reading task each day. In the pre-read children read their books independently. The guided read is led by the teacher and gives each child the chance to read aloud. The post-read task is related to the text. Examples of post-read tasks are describing the main character, creating a different ending for your story, writing a list and finding an interesting fact. The children are also given the opportunity for a free read which is designed to encourage them to read for pleasure.

  • Lanchester Community Free School
  • Hempstead Road, Watford
  • WD17 3HD

01923 224160