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Reading and writing are key elements of the primary curriculum - this page contains useful documents and links that will help parents to help their children to learn.

English Curriculum Evening

Tips for Parents

Some ideas about how you can help your child at home.

Handwriting at The Grove


At The Grove Infant and Nursery School we follow the PenPals handwriting scheme. The children are introduced to four main characters which help them to memorise the sequence for writing each letter correctly. The key thing to remember is that all letters start from the top
(apart from d and e).


Pattern practice and ‘play’ writing are an important part of handwriting development. Your child will be practicing letter formation in a number of exciting ways: in sand, using paint, in the air, on the interactive television screens and iPads, as well as on paper with a pencil!


Numeral formation guide

Click on the links below to find out more about the handwriting scheme we use:

A Summary of English in Year 1

A Summary of English in Year 2



Phonics are the building blocks of reading and writing, and a fundamental part of the English curriculum.  All children are taught phonics daily: 3 days a week they are split into differenciated groups, and 2 days the teaching is whole class.  This ensures some exposure to a breadth of sounds, and some more focused teaching.

We follow a programme called 'Letters and Sounds', which breaks the learning down into 6 phases.  Information on each phase can be found below. 

A link to a video of clear enunciation of sounds is also below: parents can support teachers by watching this to clarify how sounds should be pronounced!