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.


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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. We teach early reading through 'Read, Write, Inc' and reading comprehension through 'Schofield and Sims Complete Comprehension. Children' also have access to a range of books in our school library. Each class has a weekly library slot where children are able to choose books they can take home to read and share with their family. 

It is important that children are reading and enjoying books at home. please use the links below to support phonics and reading at home. 

RWI Parents Info


Recommended Reads

At Crosslee Primary children's initial route into early reading is through the teaching of phonics. This begins in Nursery and continues through out school. We follow 'Read Write Inc'. At the end of Year 1 the children will be take part in a phonics screening check. This identifies children who need additional support. 

Ruth Miskin's Read Write Inc teaches sounds in three sets, each set is taught in a particular order as shown below. 

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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 through discrete lessons using 'No Nonsense Spelling' from year 2-6 and are incorpated in 'Read Write Inc' sessions for younger learners. Spelling is also explored through reading and writing activities across the curriculum. 

KS1 homophones list

Years 3 and 4 spelling list

Years 5 and 6 spelling list

KS2 homophones list

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At Crosslee we have recently implemented the 'Talk for Writing' approach to our English lessons. It is creative, yet rigorous approach developed by the author Pie Corbett. 

Talk for Writing enables children to imitate the key language patterns they needs for a particular text type orally before they try reading and analysing it. Though fun activities that help them to rehearse the tune of the language they need, followed by shared writing to show them how to craft their writing, children are helped to write in the same style.

The process includes three main stages, immitation, innovation and indepedent application. If you would like to know more about the 'Talk for Writing' approach please click  the link below. 



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