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Welcome to Northcote’s English Page!


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Our English leads are: Mrs McDermott, Miss Manley and Mrs Thomas

Mrs McDermott (EYFS and KS1)

Miss Manley (Key Stage 2)

Mrs Thomas (Reading advocate)

To see all of the exciting things we have been doing, make sure you check out our Twitter page (with lots of our English pictures), which is update daily by our teachers:



English policy:


Long Term Curriculum Coverage for each year group

(please note: there may be amendments to these documents to accommodate home learning)

Nursery long term plan

Reception Long Term Plan

Year 1 Long Term Plan


Year 3 Long Term Plan

Year 4 Long Term Plan

Year 5 Long Term Plan

Year 6 Long Term Plan


Our curriculum


Phonics and Early Reading

At Northcote Primary School we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. We start teaching phonics in Nursery and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school.

As a result, our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words as they read. At Northcote Primary School, we also model the application of the alphabetic code through phonics in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on language development for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.

There is more information for families within this link. https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/resources/for-parents/

The progression chart is here- Programme-Overview_Reception-and-Year-1

Northcote Primary School Phonics Policy

GPS Whole School Coverage

Here you can find the spellings for each week for your children. These are new documents, so teachers are adding curriculum related vocabulary to these, as they teach their topics. Each week there will be a total of 10 spellings, which include spellings from the National Curriculum, High Frequency words and spellings from our curriculum maps.

Northcote Whole School Coverage linked to termly tests.pdf


Training Opportunities for Parents

Looking for opportunities to volunteer or to train to support your child with reading? Check out the links below for more details.

The Life Rooms, Everard Avenue- Activities and Courses
The Life Rooms hosts a range of courses to support you with specific skills and overall well being. There are also opportunities to volunteer at the The Life Rooms!

English and Maths courses at the Salvation Army Community Centre, Cavendish Drive
The Salvation Army offers a wide range of courses such as Maths and English, GCSE Maths and English as well as courses in Spanish, Art.

Activities and training at County and Walton Children’s centre
The Children’s centre hosts a whole timetable of activities and courses to help you and your child develop.

Beanstalk Reading Volunteers
If you would like to train as a reading helper in the community, click on the link below for more information.

Shared Reading Facilitator at The Reader- course and groups
The Reader based in Calderstones park offers a range of reading groups for adults and also provides training so that you can lead your own courses in the community.


Welcome to Northcote Library!

Our school library is at the heart of the school building and is a hive of reading activity! It is well stocked with high-quality reading material which is regularly reviewed and updated. Our school library is used for independent reading, class reading activities such as Guided Reading, Reading events and much, much more. We also have a bus – YES A DOUBLE-DECKER bus – on the school yard filled with amazing books. Thank you to all of our lovely families and members of our community who have donated to the books we read out there! 












World Book Day!























Working with Families- Building a bridge of books












Taffy Thomas ‘Campfire’ Celebration