At St Edward’s Academy we place high importance on reading and having the support from home makes your child’s learning journey even more significant. Please encourage children to read as often as possible at home using the online Boom Reader app.

In Key Stage 2, children continue to read colour banded books to develop their comprehension, fluency, stamina and enjoyment at a level appropriate to their ability.

They are encouraged to read a variety of texts from different authors and genres, as well as non fiction, newspapers and magazines. Part of our culture of reading for enjoyment is choosing their own reading material both in school and at home. The BoomReader app allows children to do this and comment on their selections too.





Year 3 and 4 Common Exception Words

Children in Key Stage 2  need to be able to recognise and spell the Year 3 and 4 Common Exception Words. Please note it is important that children are secure with the Reception, year 1 and 2 lists of words before they move on. It is a good idea to use look, cover, write, check  practise spellings.


In school the style of handwriting is first taught in EYFS through our phonics scheme Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS) by following the rhymes to help with the letter formation. Print is then continued in Year 1, ensuring that all letters are formed correctly.  In Year 2, the children start to learn their joins. The aim is for most of the children to be writing in a fully cursive style as they enter Year 3.

For resources to help with handwriting go to


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