A rich English curriculum is key to pupil engagement and progress.

Home Learning

During the Covid-19 pandemic there are additional resources available to support you at home from the following website: Website LINK Here.

Don’t forget to visit You Tube to search for well-known stories that are read by actors, as well as Jackanory Junior Link HERE and CBeebies Bedtime Stories Link HERE.

Other useful English websites:

https://toytheater.com/ - games and activities to play

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio - listening activities for the younger children

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/  - lots of free resources, especially online reading books

School Learning

Our aim is to promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written and spoken word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

We follow the National Curriculum for English, supplemented with other material, and we look for opportunities to make links with a variety of subjects for cross-curricular breadth.

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The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with a good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.


Phonics is a method of teaching children to read by linking sounds and the symbols that represent them.  The English alphabet has 26 letters, but they actually make 44 different sounds (phonemes).  There are over 150 different ways that these are represented (graphemes)!  Don’t panic, we will cover the graphemes which are used most often in a progressive programme using Letters and Sounds from the DfE, in phases.  

Useful information:

Phonics phases

A glossary

Supporting your child with phonics

A parents' guide

Alphabet Mat

Phonic Videos


We base our teaching of spelling on the National Curriculum.  The following documents show the progression through the year groups from Year 1 – 6, which cover phonics (linked to the Letters and Sounds programme), spelling rules and statutory words.  In the Junior school, although we continue to explore phonics as a tool for develop spelling, we also use the “No Nonsense” spelling scheme. 

The documents also give you ideas about activities to help and useful websites.  

3 documents to add:

  • Y1 and 2,
  • Y3 and 4,
  • Y5 and 6

SNIP Programme

The SNIP programme (used in school as an intervention) is designed to support rapid development in reading and spelling through activities that children can access and work through at their own pace with minimal support (if they are working at the right level).  Please access these activities if your child is in need of using some additional time to catch up, maintain or revise their reading and spelling patterns. Full instructions are at the front of the pack. 

You can start in any place and work through each session or stage or you can dip in and out if you are able to identify the spelling patterns in need of revising. This is suitable for all ages.

Using these programmes is a great opportunity for your child to consolidate or catch up with these skills whilst they do not have the pressures of continually moving learning within the curriculum.

Guide to SNIP

SNIP Literacy Part 1

SNIP Literacy Part 2

SNIP Literacy Part 3

SNIP Literacy Part 4


Helping your child with their reading

Learning to read is probably the most important skill your child will learn at primary school.  Reading is powerful tool.  Not only is it of use for practical activities, such as reading instructions but it has the potential to whisk you off to other lands, help you understand the feelings of others and develop empathy.  It can also help people not only cope with their emotions but give valuable time away from their own emotions.  This is why we love to read at John Rankin.   

The following document will give you some guidance on reading at John Rankin:

  • PDF – What is reading – A parent’s guide (already on the website)

Useful information:

There are many websites that can suggest reading material.  We would recommend:

The expectations for each year group are as follows:

FS2 expectations

Y1 expectations

Y2 expectations

Reading Resources

Supporting your child with early phonics and reading

What is reading? - A parent's guide

Developing vocabulary- A parent's guide