“Reading for pleasure, achievement for life”

The Power of Reading


Throughout Key Stage 2 we are beginning to teach literacy through the Power of Reading programme. This will be implemented fully from September 2018. The Power of Reading approach has raised attainment in reading and writing in over 2500 schools across England and internationally. Here at Long Ditton St Mary’s, children are engaging with high quality picture books, novels, poetry and non-fiction through a wide range of teaching approaches. Children are immersed into the text through music, art, drama, discussion and role-play which in turn inspires creative writing.  Other approaches include responding to illustrations, ‘Book Talk’, story mapping and book making. Children take ownership of the text and engage with it deeply.


The teaching of Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS) is taught explicitly within literacy lessons and fully embedded across the curriculum.  The teaching of GPS is further supported through the use of, a valuable homework resource. 


Throughout KS2 children will have regular practice of handwriting, securing the joins and developing speed and fluency. By the end of Year 6 pupils should have a clear, fluid handwriting style. Progress in handwriting is supported by the use of letter join, a programme you are able to access from home using the link:  


Usernames and passwords can be found in your children’s Literacy homework book.

English Workshop


An information meeting about the teaching of grammar, punctuation and spelling was held in Spring 2019. You can download the slides, and a useful glossary of terms, below.



The following document lists the additional words which children in each year group are expected to know how to spell. These are in addition to words formed using the spelling/phonic patterns detailed in the National Curriculum.


*Please note, these are the lists which will form the basis for the Ember Learning Trust Spelling Bee.

Click below to download a copy of the ELT's poetry competition book, as featured on our news pages.