Emphasis is placed upon the teaching and learning of literacy skills throughout a child’s school life, beginning in the Foundation Stage with the teaching of ‘synthetic phonics’. This helps children to read and write simple words. 

Writing skills are taught daily, with the children learning the letter formations for joined ‘cursive’ writing from Reception. We use 'Power of Reading' to hook children's learning, using well chosen texts to support both reading and writing development. Children are encouraged to write in different forms, from developing lists in role play activities, to letter writing and stories, for real audiences.

Opportunities for Speaking and Listening are at the heart of the whole curriculum. Children learn stories and poems by heart, and teachers plan many activities in which the children learn to become effective communicators. These range from informal ‘play’ tasks, to focussed discussions, as well as more formal presentations such as class assemblies, concerts at Christmas and other drama activities.

2016-17 English Overview 

The Power of Reading Books and the types of writing being taught can be viewed here.

Phonics and Reading 

In Key Stage 1 we use LCP Phonics as our main teaching scheme of work.  

This is based on the government publication 'Letters and Sounds' and is supported by a variety of resources including activities on Phonics Bug.  We also use Jolly Phonics to teach initial sounds.

To teach reading we use a range of Reading Scheme books and 'real' (non reading scheme) books in Key Stage 1.  The main schemes we use are: Oxford Reading Tree, Storyworlds, Rigby Star and National Geographic.

In Key Stage 2 we use mainly 'real' books.  

Recommended  Reading Lists

Recommended Reading List for Reception

Information about books on the Recommended Reading List for Reception

Recommended Reading List for Year 1

Information about books on the Recommended Reading List for Year 1

Recommended Reading List for Year 2

Information about books on the Recommended Reading List for Year 2


Common Exception Words for Key Stage 1 - These are the words that children need to be able to spell by the end of Year 2

Spelling mats for Year 1 - These are the common exception words that we focus on in Year 1