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Our English Curriculum

Here, at Cumwhinton Primary School, our aim is to ensure that our English curriculum is as inspiring, engaging and as meaningful to our pupils as possible. We endeavour to achieve this by linking the teaching of English skills to our topics across the curriculum.


We have devised our own ‘Cumwhinton Reading Spine’ consisting of a range of high-quality fiction genres and poetry, which are studied in conjunction with a wide variety of non-fiction texts and extracts. This ensures that our pupils are exposed to the work of a wide variety of authors and poets, during their time at our school. The teaching of each Year group’s National Curriculum objectives (outlined in the documents below) are covered alongside these.


The writing genres that we teach are both fluid and flexible, in order to ignite our pupils’ imagination, enthusiasm towards and understanding of the subject. For details of each year group’s writing objectives please see the documents below.


We use a program in school called Accelerated Reader.  This program has a special feature called Renaissance Home Connect, which you can access outside of school from any computer with an internet connection.  Renaissance Home Connect is fun and easy to use.  It allows you, your child and their teacher to share information about your child's progress in Accelerated Reader.  


To log in to Renaissance Home Connect



you will need the user name and password for your child. 



The new National Curriculum sets out the spelling patterns that should be taught in each year group.  Below are the spelling patterns for each year group, plus lists of frequently used words to learn at Key Stage 2.


  • English - Read Write Inc for parents - click here to access videos which explain the programme we use in school.

Read Write Ink 

How to say the sounds video