St Mary's Catholic Primary School


The subject of English at St. Mary's takes in reading, phonics, writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation, speaking and listening. Alongside following the National Curriculum and the EYFS Profile, St. Mary's values the input of parents and carers into helping the children to develop a love of reading and writing. Below you will find our policy documents for the different areas of the subject along with some resources to use with your child at home.

World Book Day at St. Mary's  

This year, we had author Damian Harvey visit us at St. Mary's to give workshops on fiction and non-fiction writing and how to create a book. All the children thoroughly enjoyed his visit and were enthusiastic to continue writing after the workshops. 

The children made a fantastic effort to dress up as book characters. We would like to thank families for all the effort they put in to prepare the children for yet another very successful World Book Day. 

Home School Reading Records 

Every child at St. Mary's has been given a Reading Record to log when they have read at home with an adult. Reading is crucial to children's development and at St. Mary's, we value any reading that is done with the children out of school. We are asking adults to read twice or more each week with their child at home. Please see the letter below that was sent out to parents with the Reading Journals. 

 Reading Journal Letter to Parents.docxDownload
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Rainbow Grammar

At St. Mary's we teach grammar through the Rainbow Grammar method. This method uses colours to break down sentences into their different parts. From Reception to Year 6, children are taught how to write using different grammatical structures which enhance the quality of the children's writing.

Please take a look at our Rainbow Grammar parents' guide to see how you can support your child at home.

 St Marys Rainbow Grammar Guide.pdfDownload
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 Schools-Share-A-Story-Letter-to-Parents-Colour 2018.pdfDownload
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English Policy


 POLICY FOR English 2017.pdfDownload
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 Reading Policy Sept 2017.pdfDownload
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End of Year Expectations

Take a look of what is expected at the end of each academic year in English...

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Resources for Parents

 Parents_Guide (1).pdfDownload
 Phonics Information Evening.pptxDownload
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