Talbot Primary School
Talbot Primary School
East Moor Road, Roundhay, Leeds LS8 1AF
T: 0113 293 4086
courage, truth, loyalty

English Zone

Welcome to the English Zone, where we provide parents with information about the way we teach English in school. Remember to check out Education City too, as it contains many interactive activities for the children.


Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

Mr Rivers ran a briefing on this topic in November. It contains practical advice about helping your children at home. 

Presentation: Supporting children with spelling, punctuation and grammar at home (Nov 2017)

Alternatively, read the Quick guide of top tips


How to encourage a Love of Reading

This describes our approach to guided reading across school and has suggestions for how one can support their children at home. Love of Reading briefing for parents/carers (Nov 2017), click here. 


Reading Schemes

We use various reading schemes in KS1 to enable children to read a range of text styles and types. The main scheme in use is Rigby Star, supplemented by Oxford Reading Tree, Jelly and Bean and Ginn.

We follow the Government's letters and sounds programme using the Bug Club online resources.

We always encourage children to read at home and where appropriate to read to a grown up (as this can help improve their accuracy). Another important aspect of reading is comprehension skills. Whether you listen to your child read or not, talking to them about their book will help increase their understanding. Below are some links to useful questions that you can ask your child.




The government has produced End of Year descriptors for assessing pupils' writing at the end of KS1 and the end of KS2. They describe the standard children should be writing at, when they leave Year 2 and Year 6. Similar statements are not yet available for other groups. The new writing standards emphasise the importance of technical skills: grammar, punctuation spelling and handwriting. Please see the links below.  


Support with Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

In January 2016, we held a parent/carer briefing about Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG). This included information about how we delivered these writing objectives at Talbot Primary School and support for those parents who might have gaps in their own knowledge. If you were unable to attend, the Parent/Carer SPaG Briefing (Jan 2016) is linked here.


Stuck with a tricky piece of terminology?

A good website for explanations and examples about SPaG is "The School Run." Click here to access it then use the search bar for your key phrase, e.g., fronted adverials.


Online SPAG revision:

If your child would like to do some extra SPaG homework, the "IXL" website has activities linked to every objective and can be used free of charge (it is also possible to subscribe for a fuller service linked to assessments). Click here to access IXL.





Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

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