Mrs Connor is the subject leader for English.

We teach writing because:

Writing is important as it is a key method of communication and one of the main ways we will be judged in life – job applications, letters etc…

Writing is important as almost all jobs contain some element of writing we need to be good writers to prepare us for the world of work.

Writing makes our thoughts visible to others.

Writing can be used for a variety of purposes – to entertain, inform, describe and persuade.

We teach reading because:

Reading helps us to understand the world around us.

Reading helps our mind to grow and keeps our brain active. 

It provides us with new knowledge and vocabulary which helps our written and spoken language.

It transports us into another world and helps us to relax. 

In KS1 – RWInc (Reading, Writing Incorporated)

This is so that we are able to apply it within our reading book.

This is so we are able to apply our sounds when reading at home, at school or in the wider world.

This is so we can build up our knowledge and read anything!

English newsletter Autumn 2021

Rationale for the teaching of English at St.Mark’s

Spelling New Curriculum

Autumn 2021 Medium Term Plans

MTP Nursery English

MTP English Reception

MTP English Reception Nurture Group

MTP English ARB Group 1

MTP English ARB Group 2

MTP English Y1

MTP English Y2

MTP English Y3

MTP English Y4

MTP English Y5

MTP English Y6

MTP English WS


Non-negotiables for writing

Year group expectations punctuation at a glance

Handwriting new curriculum

Read, Write Inc

From Nursery until children have reached the end of the program, they follow Read Write inc. phonics for their teaching of reading. To support children in their reading development, and in order to keep expectations in line with what stage they are actually at in their reading, children choose a reading book that is in line with their RWI stage and the expectation is that they read these books to an adult, with fluency.

Use the link below for more information and support about RWI: 


Approach to reading and writing

Link to Ruth Miskin (RWI) phonics   –  http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/