Aiming High Learning for Life


All pupils at Putnoe Primary School are taught to improve their skills in Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, Spelling and Phonics through daily lessons. In English, we follow the new Primary National Curriculum for English.

Speaking and Listening

It is important that all children become good listeners and effective communicators and that they are able to work within a group to listen carefully, share, report and discuss events and topics together.  The National Curriculum places great importance on these skills. At Putnoe Primary School, we carefully plan a daily programme of activities which promote and extend these skills for each child. At Putnoe, we actively promote the Arts; pupils have the opportunity to take part in public speaking, debate and poetry slams and recitals.


Reading is fundamental to learning and we strive to help children become confident readers who are able to understand and apply their skill and enjoy reading for the rest of their lives. We teach reading through a number of different approaches; whole class reading, guided reading, one-to-one reading and reciprocal reading.

Putnoe follows the ‘Letters and Sounds’ Phonic programme which is a systematic and synthetic approach to phonics. The lessons follow a cycle of review, teach, practise, apply and consolidate. We have an extensive colour banded reading library and the children use the Junior Librarian system to scan their books in and out. We encourage reading at home each night using the banded book scheme but also reading for pleasure and enjoyment of their own literary choices. We strive for parents and teachers to work together to help children develop the essential skills of reading.  The computer software ‘Lexia’ is also used to support the teaching of reading and spelling at school and at home.


The school provides a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books. Each class has a timetabled session in the library where they are encouraged to ‘read for pleasure’ and immerse themselves in the joy of reading. The children are able to borrow books from the school library. From the very beginning of school life, the children are encouraged to choose their own books to “read” to their parents and to their teacher. Books are taken home and parents are guided as to how to approach reading with their child.

Writing and Handwriting

Putnoe encourages creative thinking and a ‘can do’ approach to writing. Children are given opportunities for writing in guided, independent and group-writing situations. They are encouraged to use the phonic skills in both their reading and writing. Lessons are engaging, lively and active with children being encouraged to be independent learners. Children are taught about poetry, fiction and non-fiction in each year group and are given the skills to develop their own extended pieces of writing. Cross-curricular links are made wherever possible. The skills of handwriting are developed and cursive script is taught early in our pupil’s schooling. We believe that this assists our pupils to write quickly, confidently and clearly at an early stage and also helps to develop good spelling skills.


Spelling is taught through the systematic teaching of spelling rules and are consolidated by dictations. We encourage parents to support with spellings which are sent home weekly for the child to learn. Alongside spelling rules, children need to read, understand and spell the first 300 words, Year 3 / 4 words and Year 5 / 6 words that are within Appendix 1 in the English Primary Curriculum document that can be found at the bottom of this page.

Punctuation and Grammar

The teaching of punctuation and grammar is taught both as discreet lessons and integrated into the writing timetable.  Children will learn about the dynamics of writing and how to improve their work.

Monster Phonics

In school, we use the Monster Phonics scheme.  To find out more about this, please click on the bade below where you will be taken to their website which explains how it works.

Curriculum Adaptations for September 2020/2021

Reading books will be sent home weekly in Year 1, 2 and 3.  Your child will receive two reading books (one phonic and one keyword) for the week.  These will then be returned the following week.  Your child’s class teacher will let you know the day your child’s books will be changed.
Once returned, these books will be placed in quarantine for a minimum of 72 hours (following COVID guidelines) before they are returned to circulation.
When we have a COVID-secure system in place, the frequency of changes will increase.  Currently, children in Year 1, 2 and 3 will not be able to take library books home.  This will be reviewed at half term.
Please note: we will not be sending children home with reading records.
If you have any reading books at home from last term, please can you return them to school as soon as possible?  These books will also be quarantined before being added back into circulation.
Should you have any questions about reading books, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher. Thank you in advance for your patience while we get systems up and running.