Richmond Primary School

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Richmond Primary School

  1. Statutory Information
  2. English


Wel­come to the ‘Eng­lish’ sec­tion of our web­site.  Here you will find lots of use­ful doc­u­ments to help you sup­port your child at home and also see what they will be learn­ing in school.   At Richmond Primary School we follow National Curriculum objectives across the school.  Click on the blue links to take you to the rel­e­vant documents.



TalkforWritingTalk for Writing

Talk for Writing was developed by the author Pie Corbett. It is a fun, creative, yet also rigorous approach to develop writers. Talk for Writing starts with enjoying and sharing stories. Throughout the school, we place a strong emphasis on children reading stories and enjoying a range of literature. Through regular reading, and the exploration of model texts, we want children to build up an extensive and rich vocabulary for use in their own writing.

 Talk for Writing starts with enjoying and sharing stories. Children learn to retell a text off by heart with expression and actions. Once a story is learnt, the children are encouraged to adapt it to make it their own, for example by changing the characters or the setting. Finally, at the Invention Stage, pupils write their own text independently.

 Please click on the link below to find out more about Talk for Writing in our school;

 Richmond Talk for Writing Booklet


TalkforWriting1          TalkforWriting           TalkforWriting2



The two links below out­line the gram­mat­i­cal lan­guage and objec­tives chil­dren will cover within each year group.  The glos­sary pro­vides def­i­n­i­tions and exam­ples of the terminology.

Gram­mar Overview

Eng­lish Glos­sary of Terms



We do daily discreet phonics lessons in EYFS and KS1 , and daily spelling sessions for children in KS2. 

Children are taught the spellings 'rules' and 'patterns' outlined in the National Curriculum. Children access a longer, half an hour teaching session on a Monday, where new Spelling learning is introduced. This is then followed by four fifteen-minute sessions throughout the week. We base our sessions around: orthography and phonetic knowledge, etymology (history behind the words) and morphology (how the words are made up of different parts), the meanings of words and how to use them in sentences and a range of multi-sensory games and activities.

It is important to us that the children get the opportunity to explore the patterns and rules themselves. This is to give children the best chance at understanding and remembering the spelling of words, so that they can be applied to their independent writing. Your child will be sent home with details about the rule, and 5 words that link. Children will be tested on these 5 words, and 3-5 other words that link to their focus rule. 

The rules and patterns that each year group is taught are taken from the National Curriculum. More details can bee seen in the spelling overview, linked below. 

Ways to support spelling at home:
- explore what the words mean, and how to use them in sentences
- break the word down into syllables or phonemes 
- do sensory activities like writing the words in colours, chalk and in sand
- use letter tiles or magnetic letters to mix up the letters and re-build the words (letter tiles can be made with small bits of paper and a pen)
- games where children can say and write words linked to the rule over and over again are good for memory

See our English policy (below) for further details on Spelling. 

 Spelling overview


The National Cur­ricu­lum out­lines statu­tory require­ments for; Spo­ken Lan­guage, Read­ing — Word Recog­ni­tion and Com­pre­hen­sion, Writ­ing — Tran­scrip­tion, Hand­writ­ing, Com­po­si­tion, Vocab­u­lary, Gram­mar and Punc­tu­a­tion.  Each of the links below show which objec­tives will be cov­ered in each of the areas aforementioned.

 Year 1 Eng­lish Overview

Year 2 Eng­lish Overview

Year 3 and 4 Eng­lish Overview

Year 5 and 6 Eng­lish Overview



At Rich­mond we focus on teach­ing the dif­fer­ent types of writ­ing within imag­i­na­tive, real pur­poses often involv­ing real audi­ences. This helps pupils to appre­ci­ate the impor­tance of Eng­lish to their lives out­side school. The doc­u­ments below show how our Eng­lish units link to our Cor­ner­stones Imag­i­na­tive Learn­ing Projects, enabling pupils to use and apply all of their skills and knowl­edge across a wide range of cur­ri­­cu­lum areas.

Rich­mond Eng­lish Gen­res from the National Curriculum


Richmond English Policy

 Richmond English Policy.docxDownload
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Year Group Long Term Plans; 2023-2024

 English Genres Richmond - 2023-2024.pptxDownload
 Richmond Primary School Whole School Poetry Overview.docxDownload
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