As a school we follow the 2014 National Curriculum and cover the subjects and topics as outlined in the statutory guidance.
Mrs J Dudley has curriculum responsibility for English and she may be contacted for further information.
Please contact the school office if you require more details.


CLICK HERE for details about our approach to reading, writing, phonics and spelling.


Click on the link for the statutory programmes of study for each year group.

Vocabulary, Punctuation and Grammar

The link below gives definitions of all the grammar terms we use.

Grammar Jargon Buster

Grammar Octopus

The following web-link has some super tips on helping your child with grammar, punctuation and spelling.

   Oxford Owl 


Good handwriting is taught and encouraged throughout Elston Hall Primary School. Children derive great pleasure from producing work which is neat and correctly presented.

The Nelson Handwriting Programme is used throughout the school. Click on the link below for our Handwriting guide.

Handwriting Policy



We use a variety of reading schemes at Palmers Cross Primary School. A reading scheme is a structured and levelled set of books written specifically to ensure that your child can take steady and progressive steps towards reading success.  At Elston Hall we are also mindful of the need to support wider reading and reading for pleasure. Therefore we dedicate time within the timetable for regular guided reading sessions. In addition, we encourage children to read at home frequently, and provide a diary for home/school communication.

Early reading begins with Oxford Reading Tree (ORT) characters and early picture books and ORT phonics books. Pupils take home sounds books. Pupils begin guided reading in Reception when appropriate. Once pupils begin ORT reading books, they are expected to answer the questions inside the books with family support. When pupils achieve a 2S in reading, they then move to the KS2 books which are colour banded but which come from a variety of publishers and schemes. Pupils are then expected to complete a journal about their books after reading them. Details of the expectations of these journals are glued into the front of the pupil books as guidance for pupils and their families. These journal activities also help to develop a wide range of reading skills. Whole Class Reading sessions are designed to enable pupils to practise written comprehension skills.
We have a school library and a Book Fair is held every term. Parents are invited to join their children to browse the books on offer and help make choices. In the Spring Term we celebrate World Book Day.


  KS2 Question Starters

Click on the link below for Key Stage 2 recommended reading list.

 KS2 Recommended Reading List

Click on the link below for a year 6 extract with examples of different question types.

Year 6 Extract and Questions

Phonics and Spelling

Here is a simple guide to the phonics and spelling programme at Palmers Cross Primary School.

Phonics Leaflet

CLICK HERE for our Phonics Programme.

CLICK HERE for key vocabulary related to phonics teaching.

CLICK HERE for more details about the way we teach phonics.

In Key Stage 2, your child will be expected to spell the following words. They will become familiar with them over the course of their time in Years 3 to 6 and may bring them home to rehearse and learn at home.

Spellings Year 1-6

Complex Speed Sounds Chart

Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Words

Click on the link for strategies to help your child learn their spellings.

 Speliing Leaflet

January 2020

Thank you to parents and carers who attended the Year 1 phonics meeting.

CLICK HERE for the information we shared.

Modern Foreign Languages

In key Stage 1 French is taught on a 'drip feed' basis, as and when appropriate. In KS2 MFL is taught as an integral part of the timetable.