English lessons incorporate spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG), reading, writing and handwriting.

English is taught as part of our topic work in both lower school and upper school. This allows the children to become familiar with a topic first and gives all children inspiration for their writing. For information on our current topics take a look at the class overviews in the curriculum section of the website.

Click on the National Curriculum for English at key stage 2 for more information:

English National Curriculum


Our school promotes reading for pleasure. Children are regularly given sessions for independent and paired reading. Upper school children are trained to be reading buddies for the younger children who need additional support.


In our school Library there are a graded set of books for use as children progress in their reading ability and comprehension level. There is also fiction and non-fiction books for the children to choose books from when they can access this level of reading. Upper school children are trained to be Librarians and they support the children with choosing appropriate books, monitor signing in and out of books, promote fiction and non-fiction books each month to the children and keep the Library organised along with the English coordinator.


In class the children take part in high quality whole class guided reading sessions. The children are taught how to answer a range of comprehension questions by locating information in a text, giving their opinions on the text, using inference skills to work out what is happening and to discuss the author’s choice of vocabulary. If you would like more information about the comprehension questions contact the class teacher.

SPAG – Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

At Rylands all classes follow the ‘Rainbow Grammar’ programme. This is taught in conjunction with Trent Vale Infant school where in EYFS they start by building simple sentences with a subject card (green), an orange card (predicate) and a red punctuation card. This builds slowly through to year 6 where the children write much more complex sentences using a range of grammatical devices. The aim is to improve their writing and also enable them to be successful in the Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test in year 6.


The programme is taught through a series of ‘Grammar Blast’ starters at the start of English lessons. Teachers assess the needs of the class for how frequently this is done. Children will be assessed throughout the year to measure their progress and highlight further teaching opportunities.


Teachers all practise spelling lists with their class according to the children’s needs. They are also teaching specific themes depending on the needs of their own class. This can be through teacher led sessions, handwriting and also linked guided reading activities.

Click the link below for a detailed list of which spellings should be learnt in each year group:

National Curriculum Spelling

What our parents say:

"The children develop a strong bond with their teachers, and there is good evidence of the vision of the headteacher." "The opportunities provided for the children are excellent." "The headteacher goes the extra mile to make sure that parents feel involved, supported and satisfied with their children's experience of school." "We are delighted with the excellent standard of teaching." "Abigail really enjoys going to school and has made really good progress."
Beeston Rylands Junior School