English at Tang Hall

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
Benjamin Franklin

At Tang Hall Primary School, we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills. The study of English develops children’s ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes, including the communication of their ideas, views and feelings. Through the English curriculum, children will develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively, enabling them to have the skills to become lifelong learners. Literacy is at the heart of all children’s learning, their knowledge, skills and understanding are transferrable and are used across a range of different situations and across the curriculum. Reading is given high priority at Tang Hall; it is the gateway to all other knowledge, improving spelling and fluency in written work.

Our principle aims in the teaching of English at Tang Hall are:

  • To enable children to speak clearly with fluency, communicate effectively, both verbally and non-verbally, gaining the ability to adapt to any situation.
  • To encourage children to listen with concentration, identifying main and important parts.
  • To develop enthusiastic, independent, reflective and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, alongside non-fiction and media texts.
  • Children develop a love of reading.
  • To instil a love of writing, encouraging purposeful writing no matter the genre, improving planning, drafting and editing skills.
  • To teach cursive handwriting from Foundation to Year 6.
  • To develop a secure understanding of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG.)

SPaG lessons are taught as a discreet lesson daily. A range of resources are used in the teaching of punctuation and grammar ensuring that Standard English and the rules governing it are understood. Spelling is taught daily and spellings are given out and tested on a weekly basis. Home learning is expected to support the learning of spellings. To enable our children to become confident readers and writers, phonics is taught from Reception. Prior to this Nursery introduce sound play. In Year 1 every child must sit a Phonics Screening test, set by the Government. We endeavour to prepare all children for this.


Handwriting is taught throughout the school in the cursive font from Foundation through to Key Stage 2. It is taught to ensure consistency throughout school and to ensure that children have fluency in their writing and that joins are created. Handwriting is taught as a discreet lesson and is reminded about in all curriculum lessons. At Tang Hall we use Letter Join to model our cursive hand writing style to the children. An emphasis to start all letters on the line begins in Foundation Stage with the use of the pre-cursive font with progression through school ensuring that children are joining their writing is joined by the end of Key Stage One.



Guided Reading occurs daily in every class, adults are shared between classes to give more opportunity for groups to work with an adult. Cracking Comprehension is used to support Guided Reading alongside a variety of other texts and resources. Daily reading is a key part of the timetable and time is set aside each day to ensure that children have the opportunity to read. Members of staff and regular volunteers listen to individual children read within the school day. Home reading is expected of each child and family and this is recorded in the planner – this expectation begins in Reception.


At Tang Hall Primary we use:
Phonic scheme: Letters and Sounds forms the basis for our phonics scheme. This is supplemented with a variety of resources which include bug club books.
Reading scheme: children in the early stage of reading are only offered phonetically decodable books. These are taken from a range of schemes including: Bug Club, Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat and Rigby Star.

Overview of topics


  Autumn 1
Ourselves / Celebrations
Autumn 2
Spring 1 & 2
Traditional Tales
Summer 1
Summer 2
Under The Sea
Genre focus Story
Rhymes and Poetry
Rhymes and Poetry
Info Texts
Rhymes and Poetry
Rhymes and Poetry
Rhymes and Poetry
Texts used E.g. Funny Bones
- Titch
- All about me
- Just Like Jaspar
- Topsy & Tim
Kippers Birthday
Factual book about Inuits
Factual book about winter animals
The Christmas Story
Fairy Tales
The Gingerbread Man
The Three Little Pigs
Little Red Riding Hood
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt Commotion In The Ocean
Grammar - Speaking in sentences
- Labels and captions
Speaking in sentences Speaking in sentences
Beginning to write phrases and sentences
Present and past correct in spoken English Writing simple sentences
Spelling - Phase 2 phonics and tricky words Phase 2 phonics and tricky words Phase 3 phonics and tricky words
Phase 3 phonics and tricky words
Revision of phase 3 phonics Introduction of phase 4 phonics Phase 4 phonics


  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Genre focus Story
Information Text
Texts used Whatever Next – Jill Murphy

Aliens Love Underpants – Claire Freedman and Ben Cort

Owl Babies – Marin Waddell

Aliens Love Panta Claus – Claire Freedman and Ben Cort

Meerkat Mail – Emily Gravett

Jasper’s Beanstalk – Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen

Handa’s Surprise – Eileen Browne

We Share The Air – Kevin McCann

Traditional Tales – undecided in which ones as yet Traditional Tales Cont.

Class 2 at the Zoo – Jill Jarman

Grammar Leaving space between words
Knowing where a sentence starts and ends
Capital letters and full stops.
Using present tense


What is an adjective?
Description using adjectives
Full stops and capital letters
What is a noun?
Plural noun suffixes (dog; dogs, wish; wishes) Capital letters for names
Knowing where a sentence starts and ends
Capital letters and full stops.
What is a verb?

Suffixes added to verbs where root doesn’t need changing (help, helping, helped, helper)
Description using adjectives
How the prefix un changes meaning (unhelpful, unsuccessful)
Full stops, capital letters and finger spaces
Joining clauses using and
Recap on suffixes, prefixes

Recap on verb, adjective, noun etc

Full stops
Capital letters
Finger spaces
Sentence structure

Repeat any learning that is required.
Spelling Phonics Phase 4 re-teach Moving onto Phase 5 Phonics Phase 5 Phonics Phase 5 Phonics Phase 5 Phonics Screening Phonics Phase 6 introduction


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 Autumn 1  Autumn 2  Spring 1  Spring 2 Summer 1  Summer 2
 Genre focus  Story
Description (of Dogger)
Letter (write to Shirley Hughes?)
Letter (to the Giant from Jack)
Instructions (growing a beanstalk)
Poetry (briefly- Xmas)
Recount (my day on the moon)
Description (moon aliens)
 Texts used Shirley Hughes stories
The Twits 
 Jack and the Beanstalk
Maximus and the Beanstalk
Man on the Moon
Aliens Love Underpants
Orang-utans Horrid Henry Stories Mungo and the Picture Book Pirates
 Grammar  subordination (using when, if, that, or because) and co-ordination (using or, and, or but)
C .
Past tense
statement, question, command sentences
C . ? .
the present and past tenses correctly and consistently including the progressive form
expanded noun phrases to describe and specify

exclamation sentence

C . ? . !

Refresh all sentence types- statement, question, command, exclamation

, in list

‘s possession

Review all previous Review all previous
 Spelling  Long vowel sounds

Wk2 igh
Wk3 oa
Wk4 ue
Wk5 ee
Wk6 ai
Wk7 Review

Wk1 –el at the end of words (camel, tunnel, squirrel, travel, towel, tinsel)
Wk2 –al at the end of words (metal, pedal, capital, hospital, animal)
Wk3 –il (pencil, fossil, nostril)
Wk4 –y at the end of words (cry, fly, dry, try, reply, July)
Wk5 Adding –es to nouns and verbs ending in –y (flies, tries, replies, copies, babies, carries)
Wk6 Adding –ed, –ing, –er and –est to a root word ending in –y with a consonant before it copied, (copier, happier, happiest, cried, replied …but copying, crying, replying)
Wk7 Adding the endings – ing, –ed, –er, –est and –y to words ending in –e with a consonant before it (hiking, hiked, hiker, nicer, nicest, shiny)
Wk1 Adding –ing, –ed, –er, –est and –y to words of one syllable ending in a single consonant letter after a single vowel letter (patting, patted, humming, hummed, dropping, dropped, sadder, saddest, fatter, fattest, runner, runny)
Wk2 The suffixes -ment, –ness, –ful , –less and –ly
Wk3 The suffixes -ment, –ness, –ful , –less and –ly
Wk4 The suffixes -ment, –ness, –ful , –less and –ly
Wk5 The suffixes -ment, –ness, –ful , –less and –ly
Wk6 Wk3 The suffixes -ment, –ness, –ful , –less and –ly
Wk7 Review suffixes (enjoyment, sadness, careful, playful, hopeless, plainness (plain + ness), badly
Exceptions where words end with y: merriment, happiness, plentiful, penniless, happily) 
Wk1 Contractions one letter omission (isn’t, I’m)

Wk2 Contractions more than one letter omission (can’t, I’ll)

Wk3 Possessive apostrophe (Megan’s, Ravi’s, the girl’s, the child’s, the man’s)

Wk4 Words ending in –tion (station, fiction, motion, national, section)

Wk6 Review apostrophes

Wk1 The /ɔ:/ sound spelt a before l and ll (all, ball, call, walk, talk, always)

Wk2 Review suffixes
Wk3 Review contractions
Wk4 Review possessive apostrophe

Review previous as appropriate.  


 3  Autumn 1  Autumn 2 Spring 1  Spring 2 Summer 1   Summer 2
 Genre focus  Narratives (familiar settings)
 Myths and Legends
Info texts Narrative (adventure)
Letters (Authors)
Texts used  Dear Olly (in brief)
Horrid Henry

Stone Age Boy

Theseus and the Minotaur
 Places to go e book
My Naughty Little Sister
My Naughty Little Sister
 Grammar  Apostrophes for possession
Dictionary skills-alpha order


Conjunctions cause and effect
Complex sentences
Past tense
Main and sub clauses
Present tense
Fronted adverbials 
Spelling  Ing
Un Dis Mis
In Il Ir
Long vowels
Sure Ture Tch
Irregular tenses Homophones and near homophones Recap 


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Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Genre focus Narrative, description, poetry, letter. Narrative, description, letter, explanation. Narrative, description, non-chronological report, letter, explanation. Narrative, description, letter, explanation. Narrative, description, non-chronological report letter, explanation. Narrative, description, non-chronological report, letter, speech, explanation.
Texts used Tin forest Fire bird
Peter and the wolf
Wolves in the walls Iron man Firework makers daughter The boy who could do what he liked

extending the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions, including when, if, because, although

indicating possession by using the possessive apostrophe with plural nouns

using and punctuating direct speech

using fronted adverbials

using commas after fronted adverbials

using the present perfect form of verbs in contrast to the past tense using conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause choosing nouns or pronouns appropriately for clarity and cohesion and to avoid repetition
Spelling To distinguish between the spelling and meaning of homophones To investigate, collect and classify spelling patterns related to the formation of plurals To investigate and learn to spell words with common letter strings To understand how suffixes change the function of words To understand the use of the apostrophe in contracted forms of words To revise and investigate links between meaning and spelling when using affixes


 5  Autumn 1  Autumn 2  Spring 1 Spring 2  Summer 1 Summer 2
 Genre focus Explanation, Recount, Information, Persuasion, Instruction and procedural  Explanation, Recount, Discussion, Persuasion, Non-chronological report Narrative,
Poetry, Recount, Narrative, Explanation Information, Instructional and procedural Explanation, Recount, Persuasion, Non-chronological report, Poetry, Information, Narrative
 Text used 1. Georges Marvellous Medicine
2. Grandpa’s Great escape
1. Grandpa’s Great escape Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. There’s a boy in the girls bathroom or Holes! Goodnight Mr Tom 
 Grammar  Using commas to clarify meaning and avoid ambiguity
Colons for a list
Bullet point punctuation
Using hyphens to avoid ambiguity
Using brackets, dashes or commas to indicate parenthesis.
Relative clauses beginning with who, which, where, when, whose, that or with an implied relative pronoun.
 Modal verbs
Perfect forms of verbs
 Modal verbs
Perfect forms of verbs
 Using commas to clarify meaning and avoid ambiguity
Colons for a list
Bullet point punctuation
 Spelling Rules for:
Cious and tious
Ant, ance, ancy, ation, ent, ence, ency 
Rules for:
Using a Hyphen
Adding suffixes vowel letters to words ending in fer.
Rules for:
Word endings – able, ably, ible, ibly, ant, ance, ancy, able, ation
Ei after c rule
Homophones and other words that are confused. Silent letters.  Homophones and other words that are confused.


 6  Autumn 1  Autumn 2  Spring 1  Spring 2  Summer 1  Summer 2
 Genre focus  Auto-biographies and biographies

(biography, autobiography, narrative, newspaper article)

 Detective fiction

(report, description, letter, narrative)

(newspaper, description, advert, narrative, non-chronological report)  (newspaper, description, advert, narrative, non-chronological report)  (speech, letter, newspaper, description, narrative) (non-chronological report, letter, newspaper, description, narrative)
 Texts used  Boy tales of a childhood – Roald Dahl Stormbreaker Gangsta Granny Street child Treasure  Kensuke’s Kingdom
 Grammar Punctuation (capital letters, full stops, question marks, commas in list, comas to clarify meaning, commas after fronted adverbials, inverted commas, apostrophes, parenthesis, colons, semi-colons, dashes, hyphens, bullet points)
Verbs (past and present tense, verbs in perfect form, modal verbs, present and past progressive, subjunctive verb form, passive and active voice) 
Phrases and clauses (relative clause, noun phrase, coordinating conjunctions, subordinating conjunctions, subordinate clauses)
Types of sentences (statement, exclamation, question, command)


Word classes (nouns, verbs, adjectives, conjunctions, pronouns, possessive pronouns, relative pronouns, adverbs, adverbials, prepositions, determiners, subject, object.) Revision of all grammar elements Revision of all grammar elements Revision of all grammar elements
 Spelling  Vocabulary
(prefixes, suffixes)
(past and present)


(synonyms, antonyms, word families, homophones)
 Words ending with:
/ʒə/ or /tʃə/
–tion, –sion, –ssion, –cian
–cious or –tious
–ant, –ance, –ancy, –ent, –ence, –ency
–able and –ible
–ably and –ibly
Words ending with:
/ʒə/ or /tʃə/
–tion, –sion, –ssion, –cian
–cious or –tious
–ant, –ance, –ancy, –ent, –ence, –ency
–able and –ible
–ably and –ibly
 Recap of all spelling rules Recap of all spelling rules