It is our intention when teaching the English curriculum that our pupils acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to become lifelong learners and linguists. We strive to ensure that all our pupils receive a well-rounded learning experience when reading, writing, speaking and listening which will equip them with the fundamental tools to achieve in the academy and beyond. It is our intention to immerse pupils in the wonders of quality texts to instil a love for reading through our Book-Led curriculum.

English Long Term Plan


The first stage in helping children become confident readers and enjoy books is teaching them the key skills that they need. We aim for every child in this school to learn to enjoy reading a breadth of books for pleasure and to gain knowledge.  

Please use the links to find ideas and questions you can use at home when reading texts with your child to support them. 

Phonics and online support: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/

Reading Intent

EYFS reading prompts

KS1 reading question prompts

KS2 reading question prompts

Book Band Guidance

Recommended Reads

At Crosslee Primary children's initial route into early reading is through the teaching of phonics. This begins in Nursery and continues into KS1, where we follow 'Letters and Sounds'. At the end of Year 1 the children will be take part in a phonics screening check. This identifies children who need additional support. 

List of phonemes


The teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar, is a strong element which runs throughout the whole of the English Curriculum. Year group teaching expectations are very specific and are taught as both discrete sessions as well as explored through reading and writing activities.

KS1 spelling list

KS1 homophones list

Years 3 and 4 spelling list

Years 5 and 6 spelling list

KS2 homophones list


Children will experience writing in a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry genres. Regular writing opportunities across a range of subjects are used to develop and extend skills. 

Writing Intent

Year 1 writing objectives

Year 2 writing objectives

Year 3 writing objectives

Year 4 writing objectives

Year 5 writing objectives

Year 6 writing objectives


Here at Crosslee we work hard to ensure that children have the ability to produce fluent, legible joined up handwriting. We teach and practise the skills from Nursery when we focus on pencil grip and letter formation through to Year 6 where we finesse our skills.


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Crosslee Primary School

Crosslee Road


Manchester, M9 6TG

0161 795 8493