A Bunbury Writer and Reader

A Caring Christian family where we grow together

Let your Light Shine

Matthew 5v16

Bunbury ‘readers and writers’ let their light shine brightly.....

English is led by the CORE English team.

Mrs Badger, Mrs McShane and Miss Dutton.

Our English Co-ordinator at Bunbury is Mrs McShane


In order to encourage creativity and independence in writing we write for an extended period regularly throughout the school following a writing cycle approach.  This allows teachers to assess progress and evaluate personal short term targets regularly. 

RCSAT writing Philosophy is: 

  • If a child can say it, a child can write it!
  • The Talking voice is not the same as the Writing voice.

Children are encouraged to:

  • Talk about their writing.
  • Find exciting words and use these in their writing.
  • ‘Borrow’ exciting words and phrases from other authors.  ‘WOW’ words.
  • Have a go at using interesting examples of punctuation.
  • Write for an extended period of time.
  • Re-read their own writing and find ways to make it better.
  • Understand what they need to do next to improve.
  • Use spelling, grammar and punctuation appropriate to their age and genre

We encourage our children to apply their writing skills in all areas of the curriculum and in homework activities.  

As part of our writing cycle children are given opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding of particular genres. We use the IPEELL structure to teach writing through genre based projects. Through the writing cycle, children will experience frequent independent opportunities to write before completing a final piece which will be entered into their writing celebration books. The writing in these books will show the child’s ability to apply the content, skills, grammar, features and spelling of each genre taught.

We develop handwriting using a progressive pre-cursive font called 'Nelson FK' this supports pupils to join letters from an early age. Our cursive handwriting starts from KS1 so that children develop a pre-cursive style ready for formal joining. Our English books contain handwriting lines to support the children to form their letters correctly. Handwriting is evaluated when children complete work for their writing celebration books. 


We believe that reading should be a source of pleasure and that it is the key to learning.  We aim to involve parents/carers in children’s reading as much as possible.  Children read to a range of adults, either individually or in groups, on a daily basis.

Their Individual Reading Record books are an important source of communication between home and school, especially in the early years.  We use a structured reading scheme alongside a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books.

Phonics is taught using the ReadWrite Inc. programme.  We use a combination of whole class teaching and group or individual work.For support in how to correctly pronounce the phonemes please follow the link. 


Reading comprehension is taught from years 2 to 6 using the Pathways to Read scheme. This is a systematic approach to the teaching of the reading skills outlined in the National Curriculum using a range of engaging texts. It consists of a whole class lesson, followed by small grouped reading lessons which provide children with the opportunity to master a key reading skill, then a follow on task which allows them to evidence the skills they have mastered independently.

In Year 1 our children take the National Phonics screening Test. Here is a link to an app that will support them in this. https://www.pippoplearning.com/phonics-screening-test

Our reading scheme is based on the Book Bands for Guided Reading scheme produced by The Institute of Education, University of London.

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Bunbury Aldersey CE Primary School

School Lane, Bunbury Cheshire CW6 9NR

T: (01829) 260524 or 261332admin@bunburyaldersey.cheshire.sch.uk