National Curriculum English is made up of spelling, speaking, reading and writing. Here, you can find a range of resources which will support you and your child. 


The first step to fluent, confident reading and spelling is strong phonics. Are you making the pure sounds?



In English, we measure attainment at three points: working towards the expected standard, working at the expected standard and working at greater depth within the standard. The expected standard is in relation to the age of the child. A general judgement is made by looking at a range of writing across genres and contexts, taking into consideration handwriting, spelling, composition of longer pieces and grammatical content. But what does each stage look like by the end of the key stages? Click on the link to see a range of exemplar materials used in schools to help us decide.

As always, if you have any questions, please get in touch with us. 

Special Events

Above all things, writing should have a purpose and the process should be enjoyable. At Barby, we are committed to promoting writing for enjoyment and creativity. Each term, we do a Whole School Write on the same theme. We also enjoy fun days based around authors and events in the literary calendar. These include Roald Dahl Day (below) the Book Fairs,  National Poetry Day, World Book Day and our hilarious joke book competition!