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English is taught every day at Earlham Primary School. The children receive hour long English lessons Monday to Thursday and an extended writing lesson (Big Write) for up to an hour and half on a Friday depending on the age group. For more information on the structure of Big Write see the policy. Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling and Handwriting are taught in 20 / 30 minute discrete lessons during the week as well as being reinforced during English lessons and across other curriculum areas.


At Earlham reading is taught through real books. We believe children should develop a love of reading by being exposed to high quality texts. Guided reading sessions take place from Reception (11.45 – 12.00) to Year 6 from 9.00am to 9.25am every day. Children work in groups on reading activities. One group will work with the teacher on an identified reading target while the other children will work independently on applying their reading and comprehension skills. For more information on guided reading see the Guided Reading Policy.

Home Reading

Children in Reception and KS1 will be given a book to take home and in KS2 children are encouraged to choose their own book from the reading corner to take home. All children have a reading record and parents are expected to complete this every day when they read with their children.


In EYFS phonics is taught daily in whole class carpet session and is reinforced through a variety of activities throughout the week. In Reception parents are invited to join in phonics sessions once / week.

KS1 (Years 1 and 2) phonics is taught daily using the Letters and Sounds programme. The children are grouped according to their phonic phases. All KS1 teachers and teaching assistants, as well as additional school adults, teach phonics groups in order to reduce the size of the groups and to produce maximum impact.

In KS2 RML (Ruth Miskin Literacy) / RWI (Read Write Ink) is used for any children requiring additional support in phonics, reading and writing.


Each year group covers a variety of genres. (See the curriculum Map)

Each unit of work will involve:

  • identifying the features
  • identifying and using language features
  • exploring the vocabulary and grammatical features
  • evaluating examples
  • rehearsal for writing (drama activities will develop Speaking and listening skills)
  • shared, guided and modelled writing
  • planning extended writing
  • extended writing (Big Write)
  • editing and improving writing
  • evaluating own writing

For more information about ‘Big Write’ see the Big Write Policy.

Spelling Punctuation & Grammar

Spelling, Punctuation and grammar are taught in 20 / 30 minute discrete lessons during the week as well as being reinforced during English lessons and across other curriculum areas.


Earlham Primary School follows the Cambridge Penpals Scheme from Nursery through to Year 6. The scheme will aid the development of a clear cursive script.


Maths is taught daily at Earlham in lessons of between 45 minutes – 1 hour. At times in years 5 and 6 children are taught in sets, but throughout the rest of the school they are generally taught by their class teacher. In key stage 2 children sometimes receive additional teaching of mental maths for between 20-30 minutes per week. We follow the National Curriculum for maths and use Collins “Busy Ants” scheme to support teaching in this area. Where appropriate, maths skills are reinforced across other curriculum areas for example during science lessons.


We promote PE in Earlham and ensure our children participate in this area of the curriculum as enthusiastically as any other area of the curriculum. Years 1 to Year 6, children participate in two hours of sport each week. We are very fortunate to have a great Sports Development Coach (funded from Sport Premium) who is working alongside class teachers to deliver safe and inclusive lessons to which focus on a variety of skills and sports.

At KS1 and 2 the children are taught a number of activities including gymnastics, dance and games. These activities develop balance, coordination, agility and stamina. Our Year 5 classes also attend weekly swimming lessons.

There are various sporting after school clubs. These include: netball, basketball, gymnastics, dodgeball, tennis, multi sports and football clubs which provide coaching for pupils with a keen interest to develop their skills.

We encouraged our children to participate in sporting activities every day and we employ sports coaches in both Key Stages to run and support children in a variety of sports.

Topics and the Foundation Subjects

The table below shows the topics each year group covers. Some of the subjects: Science, History, Geography, Religious Education, Music, PHSE, Art, Design and technology, Spanish (years 3-6) and Computing, are able to be linked together to form a cohesive topic but in some cases the subjects will be taught separately.