English Support

English is an essential skill for life and learning.

At Primary School, children learn to read and write by being encouraged to talk and listen to others as well as learning about letters and sounds (phonics) and about how words and marks are used to create sentences which can have different meanings (spelling, punctuation and grammar- SPaG).

At Ravensmead, we have created our own list of objectives that children must achieve to be successful, independent writers: our non-negotiables. The government sets out the objectives for writing within every year group in the National Curriculum for writing and every teacher exposes the children in their class to the age related expectations but experience has shown us that within those skills there are some which must be meet in order to progress. Take a look by clicking the link below.

Writing non-negotiables

Below are some useful websites and documents which you can use with your child to support their English at home.


Phonics games

Why not try one of our phonic web links to support your child’s learning of letters and the sounds they make.


Topmarks phonic games

ict games have a variety of games to play for children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 ict-games

Education.com is another useful site for Key Stage 1 and Spelling City for Key Stages 1 and 2



Relax and enjoy reading; whether that be a comic, recipe book, newspaper or story. We want children to love reading and understand what it is they are reading (comprehension).

Why not read a book online from the Oxford Owl website, where you will find stories with Biff, Chip and Kipper as well as other fiction and non-fiction books.



Children are expected to know how to spell a given set of words within each year group (as set out by the National Curriculum 2014) and these words are not always decodable (will not ‘sound out’).


Common-Exception-Words-Years 3 and 4-word-mat




Feeling confused about which punctuation to use? Take a look at these reminder posters…


Or you could watch some clips on BBC Bitesize for Punctuation for Key Stage 1 and Punctuation for Key Stage 2


Children are taught to ‘play with words’ and understand that words need to be in a particular order for a sentence to make sense.

Don’t know your ‘nouns’ from your ‘verbs’ or totally confused by ‘prepositions’? Don’t worry- we have the answers! Here is the National Curriculum’s vocabulary list for each year group and a glossary of the terminology used when teaching.



Try some of these games to learn more about types of words (nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, etc) and how sentences are constructed.

BBC Bitesize for Grammar for Key Stage 1 and Grammar for Key Stage 2

‘Topmarks’ spelling and grammar games for Year 2 onwards

How about being a Grammar Gorilla?