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.

Recommended ’Must Reads’


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

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To download Pie Corbett's Talk for Writing literature spine for Reception to Year 6, click the image below.

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Check our Midsomer Norton Primary School's top reads! Click the links below to download the files:

Foundation Stage

Key Stage One

Lower Key Stage Two

Upper Key Stage Two


readingEverybody knows that learning to read is a fundamental skill for life. At Midsomer Norton Primary School 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’. From Early Years children are given reading books with strongly patterned language and picture cues. They are encouraged to read for pleasure and develop early comprehension skills whilst also beginning to recognise simple letter patterns.

Click on the image to download the information pages from our Reading Workshop with helpful website ideas.

Reading Revolution

The Reading Revolution is a whole school drive to raise the profile of reading for pleasure. We have had a number of authors who have visited our school to inspire our children to pick up a book.

Click on the book to download Top Tips for reading.

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In the infants children are inspired to read through our rainbow reading scheme. Children have a rainbow bookmark in their reading record which is signed every time they read with an adult at home. When their bookmark is full they move up through the rainbow.

In LKS2 we have just launched our ‘Reading Around the World’ Scheme to continue motivating children to read at home for pleasure. Children participate in Reading Revolution time every afternoon across the school. This involves reading in a group with an adult, cross year group reading buddies, and participating in reading based activities through the Great Reading Race.

Click on the owls below for top tips to support and inspire reluctant readers.

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To develop spelling to support children's reading and writing.

Throughout the infants, children are taught daily phonics lessons to encourage letter and sound recognition enabling children to blend sounds together to read words. This is taught through a highly structured synthetic phonic approach. Alongside this they learn to instantly recognise by sight the most common words in the English language. Many of these words are not phonically regular and it is important that they develop their sight vocabulary. They see a word and instantly recognise it, without trying to sound it. This automatic sight recognition of common words is crucial, as they appear so regularly in all the texts they encounter.

Click here to download the Phase 5 phoneme rhymes.

Click here for phonics screening support pages.

Click on the links below for interactive games to support phonics.

Phonics Play

Letters and Sounds

Click here  to see the Reception Phonics workshop presentation (October 2018)

Click here  to see the Year 1 Phonics workshop presentation (October 2018)

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


To develop confidence in our pupils to write with creativity and fluency.

Children write every day across the curriculum and are given opportunities to apply the spelling and grammatical skills taught in the most creative of ways. Children across the school have regular handwriting practise and fine motor activities.

Children apply their phonic knowledge and segmenting and blending skills to write for a range of purposes. To help with writing at home, click on the pictures below to download a Phonics Sound Mat.

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We use Rainbow Writing from year one up to support the development of sentence structure and content. It is used during SPaG lessons and children are encouraged to use Rainbow Writing across the curriculum.

We have recently launched our writing wizards challenge throughout the school. Watch this space for the publication of our most creative writers.