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English Policy   



The development of language skills and literacy are fundamental to all learning. The process of developing literacy skills comes into all areas of the curriculum.

Speaking and Listening

Children are encouraged to express themselves through spoken word and to appreciate the importance and pleasure of listening to others.



Year groups 1 – 6 are teaching reading through a format called RIC. This stands for Retrieval, Inference and Comment (on author’s choice).  This is a whole class approach involving a short text, a picture or a short film clip.

The children have the opportunity to fully understand the vocabulary used within the piece, as well as have regular opportunities to consider questions related to the text.

We have a focus on fluency and the children are encouraged to read aloud often. They are taught how to read to different audiences and to read with confidence.

Reading for pleasure is paramount and we encourage our children to read whenever and whatever they can and want!

Reading is taught using a variety of strategies and methods, including individual and guided reading. A range of reading schemes are used. Careful records are made of each child’s progress. Reading is encouraged at home, and a reading diary is used to aid home/school communication. The interest of parents in their children’s reading is invaluable in helping them enjoy books and to learn to read, and by talking about stories and ideas in books.

Children in Year 1 and 2 use the Big Cat guided reading books to develop understanding of a variety of texts. To support reading across the year groups we follow the Oxford Reading Tree scheme and to develop phonic we use the Songbird Phonic reading books.

All children are encouraged to make use of the school’s library for extended reading opportunities and to develop reference skills.


Phonics are taught daily in Foundation stage and Key stage 1 and continued into Key Stage 2 developing key grammar and spelling skills.


Great emphasis is placed on teaching the children to communicate clearly in the written form, to record events, to write imaginatively and to report factual information. The children begin by learning to form individual letters when they start school. Later they are encouraged to develop a good joined up or cursive style of writing. Accurate spelling is developed through the use of phonics and reinforced by key skill work each day.

Useful Websites to support learning in English:


  • Phonics