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.

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.