St Mary Redcliffe Church of England Primary School

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  • At SMRP we believe the curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, enhance their vocabulary and broaden children’s skillset to be confident writers.​

  • We have an English curriculum that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion. ​

  • We aim to engage our children by using a range of high-quality texts as the stimulus to their learning.​

  • We aim to provide purposeful and meaningful writing opportunities for all our children.​

  • We aim to develop children’s moral, social and cultural understanding through high quality texts that represent our community.​

  • We value the importance of talk, therefore, children will begin by orally retelling and exploring language in EYFS.​

  • By the end of year 6 we aim for the children to have become confident, creative writers who can write coherently for a range of purposes and audiences and are able to apply grammar and spelling rules.




  • From the Early Years Foundation Stage through to Upper Key Stage 2, we have worked to ensure children are exposed to a vast range of high-quality texts each term. Where possible texts are aligned with topics to allow for immersion and further exposure to topics.​

  • Teaching blocks focus on fiction, non-fiction or poetry, in line with the 2014 National Curriculum. We ensure children are taught to write to entertain, inform, persuade and argue through a rich variety of writing outcomes.​

  • Lesson sequences themselves build progressively towards an extended piece of writing and children are exposed to examples (WAGOLL) and modelled writing to support them.​

  • Teachers plan opportunities for children to apply their writing skills across the curriculum.​

  • Assessment for Learning is embedded in lessons and children are active in editing and revising their work and responding to feedback to improve their work.​

  • Daily spelling lessons teach explicit spelling rules and key words.​

  • The children follow our Handwriting Policy whereby they begin with mark making and then progress to develop a cursive handwriting script.