English, Reading & Phonics

Reading across school

These are the class authors that we will explore in 2017 – 2018

Nursery – Sue Hendra
Reception – Eric Carle
IASC – Kes Gray
Year 1 – Julia Donaldson
Year 2 – Valerie Thomas & Korky Paul
KS2B – Roald Dahl
Year 3 – Georgia Pritchett
Year 4 – Tamsin Cooke
Year 5 – Kimberley Wyatt
Year 6 – Lemony Snicket

Year 4 are enjoying reading Cat Burglar by Tamsin Cooke and here are some of our thoughts about the book so far:


“It’s exciting, keeps us wondering what’s going to happen next!”

“I liked the part where the jewellery got stolen because it was scary and intense!”

“Mysterious story!”

Click here to see some of the children’s favourite authors, books and quotes from last year


Literacy is taught both through theme work and discretely as a separate subject each day. We place a high level of importance in our curriculum on developing good literacy skills. It is important to us that children can read and write to a good level by the time they leave our school.

Children are encouraged to read regularly, both at home and school. We ask that parents/carers support this by encouraging children to read with them as they learn to read and as they become more proficient readers to support them in their understanding of what they are reading.

We have many high quality resources to support the teaching of literacy and pride ourselves on the quality and amount of texts we have in school.

Our aim is to enable pupils to become successful readers through the specific teaching of the strategies and skills necessary to develop this fluency. This is provided both within the teaching of English and beyond it, through the wider curriculum, including modelled, shared, guided and independent reading.

This year we have introduced READING RULES throughout whole school which is a toolkit used with children to encourage them to be able to predict, question, talk about texts and link to text-to-self, text-to-text and text-to-world. This encourages them to link their reading with what they already know in order to make sense and understand what they are reading.

Our youngest children learn to read through the daily systematic teaching of synthetic phonics, following the Letters and Sounds programme, which enables them to learn the phonetic code and to apply understanding of letter sounds with the corresponding letter shapes (graphemes).  We introduce them to sounds which they learn to blend in order to read and segment in order to write.   Children in Foundation Stage also use Jolly Phonics actions to go with the sounds.  Phonics teaching is a daily part of English throughout EYFS and Year 1/2 and is used to target children throughout KS2 who may require additional support in securing these skills. As children make progress they then transfer to RWI Spelling which is another daily programme we use to teach spelling strategies. This is usually from Year 2 up to Year 6.

In addition to specific teaching of reading skills, pupils are given opportunities to further develop and refine their reading outside of their English lessons.  Pupils have access to a wide range of appropriate reading material, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and play-scripts, with a class library in each teaching room, and also through a wide range of ICT programs and resources. A variety of reading scheme materials and ‘real books’ are used to support the children’s reading development, including Oxford Reading Tree, Floppy’s Phonics, Phonics Bug, Rigby Star and Project X.

Children reading at home also forms a vital component of the school’s approach with parents being encouraged and supported in taking an active role in the development of their child’s reading. We encourage frequent dialogue between school and home, which helps to keep parents informed and actively involves them in their child’s learning.

Speaking and Listening

It is vital that we offer as many opportunities as possible for children to develop their speaking and listening skills. This may be through 1-1 work and discussion or through whole class Circle Time – and many other things in between. We try to provide different experiences for your children from trips to visitors in school that give children things to talk about. Developing a rich and wide vocabulary is really important as this will help them in many other areas of the curriculum.


Children are encouraged to write about their own first hand experiences and interests.  Children are often taken out on visits as well as inviting visitors into school. We have a half termly focus of whole school writing linked to a curriculum area where children work on an area of the curriculum and produce a quality piece of writing lined to that subject. This year they are as follow:-

Autumn 1 – We are Readers

Autumn 2 – We are Time Travellers

Spring 1 – We are Musicians

Spring 2 – We are Engineers

Summer 1 – We are Athletes

Summer 2 – We are Brilliant!

This is what we are doing in school this year

Click here to enlarge the Reading Story 2017-2018

Useful links

Click here to read our Guided Reading Policy

Click here to see a glossary of English terms

Click here to find out a more about Letters and Sounds

 Click here to view Phonicsplay, a useful website with games to help your child with their letters and sounds (also known as phonics)

Click here to view a useful video clip showing the correct ‘pure’ pronunciation of phonemes (units of sound). It is important to say the letters correctly in order to make blending easy.

Click here to view Jolly Phonics

Click here to view Oxford Owl

We were very lucky to receive a message from David Walliams on World Book Day.

Click on the link below to find out what he said:
David Walliams – for PC
David Walliams – for mobile