Brownhills West Primary School


At Brownhills West Primary School, English is at the heart of the curriculum. We believe that children learn to read, to later read to learn. Children leave school with knowledge, skills and high levels of literacy which equip them with a strong command of the spoken and written word, allowing them to be successful, lifelong linguists.


Learning to read and reading to learn drive our whole curriculum and so reading as a skill to be mastered as a skill and as a habit to enjoy is promoted daily in every classroom. 


Phonics - Read Write Inc.


At Brownhills West, our writing curriculum is designed with the overarching goal of preparing children for success in Key Stage 3, equipping them with the ability to express their thoughts effectively across various disciplines. We aim to cultivate a genuine enjoyment of writing for specific purposes, emphasising the significance of understanding the purpose behind each written expression. Our commitment extends to creating an inclusive environment where very child is not only encouraged to embrace the role of a writer but also experiences daily success in their writing.

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 Handwriting and Presentation at Brownhills West


Spelling builds upon the phonics which children are taught in KS1. From year 2-6 children learn to develop their spelling skills using the Read, Write, Inc. Spelling scheme.

Children focus on one spelling pattern, or rule, for a number of sessions and develop their confidence and understanding of the words along the way. Each unit follows the same pattern, allowing the children to focus solely on learning and understanding the spellings rather than learn how to do new activities.

They will not bring home a generic list of spellings to learn each week for a spelling test as research has shown this in not an effective way to embed spelling knowledge. Instead, they will identify their own words to log and learn weekly and have opportunities to test their growing spelling abilities in every lesson.

How are children assessed?

Half-termly practice tests assess children’s spelling progress using the same format as the statutory assessments in England. Online tracking spreadsheets enable us to record and track individual children’s progress and identify units or concepts pupils might need to be retaught.

During the teaching activities each week, a number of assessment opportunities are also planned into the programme. The emphasis is on the importance of learning to spell, rather than being tested on spelling.

Statutory Spelling Lists

The children are taught the words from the statutory list from the National Curriculum. These are called orange words in RWI Spelling. The word-lists for years 3 and 4 and years 5 and 6 are a mixture of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those which they often misspell. Some of the listed words may be thought of as quite challenging, but the 100 words in each list can easily be taught within the four years of key stage 2 alongside other words that teachers consider appropriate.

Spelling Activities

These activities include dictation, ‘four-in-a-row’ (working with a partner to spell four given words correctly in a row) and ‘dots and dashes’ (identifying the graphemes in words).They also include exercises such as Team Teach, where children test their spelling in small groups; Red and Orange words, which involves revising high-frequency words from the statutory word-lists that are often misspelt; and Special Focus sessions, which tackle topics such as homophones and contractions, which often lead to confusion.