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The national curriculum for English aims/intends to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate


Spelling & Grammar


Children are taught through the ‘Read Write Inc’ programme, which is a phased phonics programme.


The programmes of study for reading at key stages 1 and 2 consist of 2 dimensions:

  • word reading – decoding and fluency
  • comprehension (both listening and reading)

It is essential that teaching focuses on developing pupils’ competence in both dimensions; different kinds of teaching are needed for each.

  • Skilled word reading involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. Underpinning both is the understanding that the letters on the page represent the sounds in spoken words. This is why phonics should be emphasised in the early teaching of reading to beginners (i.e. unskilled readers) when they start school.
  • Good comprehension draws from linguistic knowledge (in particular of vocabulary and grammar) and on knowledge of the world. Comprehension skills develop through pupils’ experience of high-quality discussion with the teacher, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction. All pupils must be encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world they live in, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum. Reading widely and often increases pupils’ vocabulary because they encounter words they would rarely hear or use in everyday speech. Reading also feeds pupils’ imagination and opens up a treasure house of wonder and joy for curious young minds.
  • It is essential that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education.

. The reading curriculum has been planned to be sequential and coherent. It is progressive so it builds on pupils’ previous knowledge and skills. Skills are embedded and therefore can be transferred in a variety of contexts. The reading curriculum has been designed in this way so knowledge is secure in pupils’ long term memory.

Teaching of reading

– KS1 & KS2 receive four 30 minute, teacher led reading sessions each week, using reading scheme books, phonics books, CGP books, First News extracts, past SAT papers etc.

– EYFS & KS1 daily phonic sessions based on Read, Write Inc.

– Story Spine – each class has books specifically chosen, which they will have the opportunity to read and respond to as a class.

– Library sessions – each class has their own library that they can use. They can also use the whole school library.

Reading Schemes

Reception & Key Stage 1

Reception & KS1 children reading at phonic level read Bug Club books, Songbirds and Read Write Inc books.

When ready, children then also read colour banned books using the following schemes:

Oxford Reading Tree, Discovery World, Big Cat (Collins), First Stories, Alpha Kids, Sunshine, Storyworld.

Infant children also take home a library book for reading enjoyment. The school is currently putting together a list of recommended books which will be added to the website by September.

Key Stage 2

When chldren have finished the banded reading schemes, they move onto the Junior reading scheme. The following schemes are used:

TreeTops Oxford reading scheme fiction and non-fiction and Bug club

Once childen have progresssed through these they move onto free-readers. The school is currently putting together a list of books for each year group. Parents can also read these books with their children. These will be added to the website by September.

-Theme based reading – includes a range of fiction, non-fiction & poetry linked to class/phase theme.


The school follows the Pie Corbett approach to writing of imitation, innovation and invention and use the Hertfordshire topics to ensure correct coverage of genres.

You will find further details about the English currciulum in the Curriculum letters and the homework letters(currently home learning) .

These can be accessed by the link below:

Year 5 – St Josephine-Bakhita


For further information about the English curriculum, please contact the school office on 01923 901179 or