If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot & write a lot.

Stephen King

At St. Andrew’s Primary School, to support early reading and writing, we use Letters and Sounds as the foundation of our phonics approach. This document is available to view here.

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Reception
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6

The MORE that you READ, the more THINGS you will KNOW. The MORE you LEARN, the more PLACES you’ll GO!

Dr. Seuss

Going For Gold!

To be Gold in Writing:

  • Use all the writing criteria for the year group in every piece of writing.
  • Write different types of texts which interest the reader.
  • A wide variety of sentence styles are used.
  • Year group words are spelt accurately.
  • A wider variety of punctuation is used, correctly.
  • The grammar used is accurate.
  • Vocabulary is more adventurous and creates an effect.
  • Handwriting is well-developed for the year group standard.

To be Gold in Reading:

  • Read a wide variety of books with fluency and intonation.
  • Use a wide range of reading skills to gain a thorough understanding.
  • Make inferences when reading which can be fully explained.
  • Develop fuller comprehension answers using evidence from reading.
  • Make links or comparisons within and across books.
  • Explain and discuss their understanding of books to a high standard.

 

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Nursery

nursery

Reception

reception

Year 1

year 1

 

Year 2

year 2

 

Year 3

year 3

 

Year 4

year 4

 

Year 5

year 5

 

Year 6

year 6

 

 

 

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Year 1

r year 1

 

 

Year 2

r year 2

 

 

Year 3

r year 3

 

 

Year 4

r year 4

 

 

Year 5

r year 5

 

 

Year 6

r year 6

 

 

Key Spellings

Year 3 Spellings
Year 3
Autumn  1st half
Year 3
Autumn 2nd half
Year 3
Spring 1st half
Year 3
Spring 2nd half
Year 3
Summer 1st half
Year 3
Summer 2nd half
actual
learn
group
heard
arrive
circle
often
build
eight
caught
centre
century
heart
breath
breathe
busy
early
continue
decide
island
minute
difficult
earth
consider
enough
perhaps
address
guard
material
recent
guide
forward
fruit
though
notice
quarter
length
library
famous
describe
mention
answer
appear
actually
extreme
February
certain
height
history
imagine
increase
interest
important
Year 4 Spellings
Year 4
Autumn  1st half
Year 4
Autumn 2nd half
Year 4
Spring 1st half
Year 4
Spring 2nd half
Year 4
Summer 1st half
Year 4
Summer 2nd half
accident
believe
strange
reign
interest
various
possible
grammar
woman
women
promise
therefore
opposite
ordinary
perhaps
pressure
particular
calendar
popular
position
possess
possession
purpose
potatoes
through
different
exercise
regular
complete
remember
sentence
separate
special
thought
weight
straight
favourite
strength
suppose
surprise
bicycle
business
medicine
natural
naughty
peculiar
occasion
occasionally
probably
knowledge
experiment
experience
question
disappear
important
Year 5 Spellings
Year 5
Autumn  1st half
Year 5
Autumn 2nd half
Year 5
Spring 1st half
Year 5
Spring 2nd half
Year 5
Summer 1st half
Year 5
Summer 2nd half
occur
accompany
according
achieve
aggressive
forty
ancient
apparent
occupy
attached
available
average
awkward
bargain
bruise
category
cemetery
critic
community
communicate
competition
conscience
conscious
dictionary
equipped
curiosity
definite
harass
foreign
controversy
convenience
correspond
criticise
desperate
determined
disastrous
embarrass
environment
equipment
especially
exaggerate
hindrance
excellent
existence
explanation
familiar
amateur
frequently
government
guarantee
immediate
develop
identity
rhyme
rhythm
temperature
thorough
sacrifice
secretary
Year 6 Spellings
Year 6
Autumn  1st half
Year 6
Autumn 2nd half
Year 6
Spring 1st half
Year 6
Spring 2nd half
Year 6
Summer 1st half
individual
interfere
interrupt
language
leisure
lightning
marvellous
mischievous
muscle
necessary
vehicle
yacht
recommend
relevant
restaurant
signature
sincere
immediately
soldier
stomach
sufficient
suggest
twelfth
variety
vegetable
neighbour
nuisance
appreciate
accommodate
opportunity
parliament
persuade
physical
prejudice
privilege
profession
programme
pronunciation
queue
recognise
symbol
system
temperature
thorough
committee
environment
government
communicate
accommodate
embarrass
rhyme
rhythm
sacrifice
secretary
shoulder
appreciate
conscious
competition
definite
convenience
desperate
disastrous
especially
equipment
foreign
familiar
frequently
government
guarantee
immediate

Handwriting Examples

Damian Harvey: Author Visit

At St Andrews, we are continuing to develop our aim of  encouraging reading and writing for both girls and boys across the school. As a result of our English sponsored event, we were able to invite author Damian Harvey in to school to deliver English and Reading based workshops for all year groups. The children benefited from the sessions which included performance based activities as well as learning how a book is made from start to finish. The children also participated in 1:1 story writing sessions with Damian in the classroom.

Learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.

Roald Dahl

English Updates

Year 4s disembarking at Gold

The Year 4 children have had a busy time locating and studying different settlements in Britain. They then expanded on this by using their computing skills to research the physical features in the area and how they impacted on the lives of the settlers. Well done Year... read more

Landing at Gold with Shakespeare.

During their topic of Shakespeare, Year 5 have researched and located the counties and rivers surrounding Shakespeare’s place of birth. They have then provided a map and the grid reference of key places in Shakespeare’s life. So if you’re interested in visiting Stratford-Upon-Avon it is worth checking with the Year 5. They know where to go! Joined up learning included geography, history, English and maths. Brilliant work Year... read more

Destination: Gold

Here is an awesome and informative example of working towards gold from the Year 6s. This research topic is all about North America, our theme for the Geography Focus Day. Just like a professional travel brochure, it contains both human features (Disney Land) and physical features (The Rocky Mountains) that people may want to visit. There is also clearly labelled maps to show us where we can find North America. Brilliant research Year... read more

Year 4 had an interesting visit from Katie, who works for the Hull Library Service.

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Grammar Glossary

Here you will find the Grammar Glossary that defines and gives examples of the different grammar features children need to identify and include in their writing.

Glossary

Open Glossary

Examples of Writing Work

These are examples of writing from across the year groups of our school. To be considered at a ‘silver’ standard, children need to show a confident grasp of grammar, along with accurate spelling and legible handwriting.

Writing Example 1

Writing

Writing Example 2

Writing

Writing Example 3

Writing

Writing Example 4

Writing

Writing Example 5

Writing

Writing Example 6

Writing

Year 2 Reading

Year 2 Reading

Year 4 Reading

Year 4 Reading

Year 5 Reading

Year 5 Reading

Year 6 Reading

Year 6 Reading

Examples of Reading Work

At St. Andrew’s, we work to develop a love of reading and ensure every child is equipped with the necessary skills to access a variety of texts. Building on phonics in the lower school (alongside reading basics), comprehension and inference skills are used by the children to show they have understood a text, inferred meaning and identified the impact of the text on the reader.

Paragraph Game
Spelling Game

Nouns and Adjectives Game

Punctuation Game

Sentences Game

Synonym and Antonym Game