English at Midsomer Norton Primary School

We are passionate about inspiring our children to become confident and independent learners through continuous encouragement to discuss, share, celebrate and respect the foundations of our wonderful language.


We prioritise the teaching of phonics and we aim for all children to master the phonetic code as quickly as possible. We teach phonics daily from year R to Year 2.

This is taught through a highly structured synthetic phonic approach. We follow a scheme called Read Write Inc. and the priority is that children develop their knowledge of the 26 letters in the alphabet, the 44 phonemes and 140 letter combinations.

Click the image for more information about our teaching of phonics.


Click the ear for the order our sounds are taught:

At the end of Year 1 the children undergo a statutory phonics screening check. Children who not yet met the expected threshold coninue to receive phonics lessons. Click here to download a booklet explaining the phonics screening assessment.

From KS1 onwards children have daily Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar lessons. Children are expected to apply the SPaG focus in their daily lessons.

Click on the link below for interactive games to support phonics: Phonics Play

Recommended Apps to support phonics at home:



At Midsomer Norton Primary we focus on regular discrete teaching of spelling. We use a range of fun, investigative and interactive methods to teach new spelling patterns and rules. Children are then expected to apply their learning to all aspects of writing.

Spelling is a key part of becoming a successful writer. It:

  • helps children to write more fluently, dedicating more of their energies towards creative writing (rather than the mechanical process of spelling);
  • helps children to attempt to spell unfamiliar words, enriching their vocabulary;
  • gives children opportunities to investigate and understand the true meaning of words;
  • develops confident writers and readers.

We continue to regularly revisit previous phonics and spelling learning and systematically build upon this following the No Nonsense Spelling progression. Click the following links to download the year group's coverage.

 Year 2               Year 3               Year 4               Year 5               Year 6


Within each year group, children learn to spell National Curriculum common exception words as well as other high frequency words that we believe to be important for the children to learn to spell. Click the image for each year group's statutary spelling lists.


Here are some activities and ways of making spelling fun at home!



At Midsomer Norton Primary School reading is an absolute priority and we are passionate about developing a love of reading from Early Years onwards. Your child’s reading journey begins with ‘learning to read’ and moves onto ‘reading to learn’.

We know that if children are to access the wider curriculum, succeed in life and read for pleasure, they need to read well by the age of 7. Therefore we have high expectations in terms of planning, delivery and ensuring that all children become fluent readers. As we strive for all children to be able to read confidently and fluently with an age appropriate understanding in each year group, we focus on it right from the start and as they go through school. For more information about the early teaching of reading, see our phonics part of the website.

Our overview for reading ensures that reading skills, vocabulary and comprehension are built upon progressively as children move through the school. Please click here for the Key Stage 1&2 overview for reading.

Our Whole Class Guided Reading lessons develop children's understanding of vocabulary and expose them to a range of text types. Children learn to answer a range of question types in order to demonstrate their understanding.

We read to our children daily, including a range of genres which are progressive and specifically chosen to expose children to a wide range of vocabulary and content. Click the image to see our class story reading spine. (Coming Soon)



Reading with your child

We take every opportuninty to ecourage our children to read. We have had a number of authors who have visited our school to inspire our children to pick up a book. Once a week parents and carers are encouraged to 'Drop and Read' to drop off their child and stay to read with their child.

Click on the book to download Top Tips for reading.



All children have a bookmark with example questions to ask when discussing a book with them. Click the images for some question ideas.


        Key Stage 1                            Key Stage 2

Reading incentives

In the infants, children are encouraged to read through our Rainbow Reading scheme. They receive a stamp in their reading record and move along the Rainbow Reading display when they have read to an adult ten times. When they reach the pot of gold (6 stamps), they receive a Rainbow Reading certificate.

In Key Stage 2, children are encouraged to read through our Book Worm scheme. They receive a stamp in their reading record when they have read to an adult 15 times. When they have 4 stamps they receive a Bookworm certificate.

Each long term, the class teacher chooses one child who has tried particularly hard with their reading to meet the head teacher and choose a book as a reward.

Recommended Reads

Each term we send home 10 recommended reads. Please see your child's year group page or speak to their class teacher for a copy of these.

Click on the image below to access the latest booklists for children.

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We develop confidence in our pupils to write creatively and for a purpose. Our overview for writing ensures that writing skills are built upon progressively as children move through the school. Please click here for the Key Stage 1&2 overview for writing. 

All children learn to write through Talk for Writing which develops talk, language and vocabulary. Talk for Writing was developed by the author Pie Corbett and it is a fun, creative and rigorous approach to develop writers. Click the image for more information about Talk for Writing.

Talk for Writing starts with enjoying and sharing stories. Throughout the school, we place a strong emphasis on children reading stories and enjoying a range of literature. Through regular reading, we want children to build up an extensive and rich vocabulary for use in their own writing. Click the image to download a copy of our Talk for Writing text overview

Punctuation and Grammar

Children write every day and apply their knowledge of spelling, punctution and grammar when writing across the curriculum for a range of purposes. Please see our phonics and spelling sections for more information about how these are taught. Click the relevant image for a breakdown of the punctuation and grammar coverage for each year group.

Year 1                  Year 2                 Year 3 and 4                Year 5 and 6

There are lots of technical words that the children will learn throughout the school. Click the image for a spelling, punctuation and grammar jargon buster!



Children across the school have regular handwriting practise and fine motor activities. Children learn to form letters as part of their phonics learning in the infants. Please see the phonics section for more information.

When children are in Year 2, they begin to learn to join their handwriting. We use Pen Pals to teach children to join. Click the image below for our handwriting overview.