Aldbury C of E Primary and Nursery School


Aldbury Primary and Nursery School English Curriculum

The English curriculum has been personalised to meet the needs of the children in this school. We have used the National Curriculum to design an English curriculum that has cross curricular links, incorporates high quality texts and considers authors and key texts children will experience in secondary school. Coverage of all text types has been considered and teacher's have the freedom to have Take One Book or Free Choice weeks each term. Meaningful links have been made in poetry and suggested writing outcomes are recorded so that children write for a variety of purposes. 


The English curriculum will ensure children will leave Year 6 with the key writing skills needed to write fluently and express themselves effectively. Children will be able to write for different purposes and audiences. We have writing hexagons to ensure children are aware of the key skills they need to master by the end of the year. This also helps children to edit and improve their writing.  



We want to inspire children to become lifelong readers and experience a range of authors, genres and texts. To support independent reading skills, we have a progressive reading scheme that provides age related high quality individual readers for all children in KS1 and KS2. These books are carefully matched to children's phonic knowledge and regular assessments are undertaken using Little Wandle or Running Records in KS2. To inspire reading for pleasure, children also take home a school library book or borrow a book from the Reading Road Map initiative.

We follow Big Cat Collins whole school programme.

More information can be found in the reading section at the bottom of the page. 


Phonics: Little Wandle

As a school we teach phonics using Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised.

Little Wandle draws on the latest research into how children learn best; how to ensure learning stays in children’s long term memory and how best to enable children to apply their learning to become highly competent readers.

Please see the phonics section at the bottom of the page for more information. 



Children are taught the Nelson handwriting approach and have handwriting sessions planned throughout the week to practise letter formation, sizing and legibility. We make sure that handwriting is a focus as soon as children begin to learn phonics in the Reception year. Handwriting is taught seperatly from the Little Wandle phonics sessions. Each classroom displays the letter or join of the week.

Please see the writing section below.



Spelling is an integral part of being a fluent and competent writer. After phonics has been mastered, children in each class have daily spelling sessions to enhance their spelling knowledge. 

Please find more information in the spelling section below.


For more information about the English curriculum please see the English intent within this section of the website. 


Miss Vardy- English Subject Leader

Examples of learning

Class 4 on a grammar hunt